How to run two routers in series

By Fishercj ยท 9 replies
Mar 13, 2008
  1. Lately I've been messing around trying to have two routers run in series. I have a Wireless-G Linksys and a Wired Network Anywhere Linksys router. Can anyone help me out. Please explain as simple as you can.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    By default Linksys routers are (IP) (within the setup page of your Router)

    But you can't have two same IP addresses, so therefore you must change one of the Linksys routers to (lets say)

    Both routers are also probably set up as DHCP, but to make this work only the Router connected to the Internet line should have DHCP enabled

    Therefore the Router connected to the computer should have DHCP disabled

    Once the two IP are confirmed different
    And once DHCP is enabled Only at the Internet end

    Then it's just a matter of connecting the ethernet cables up, and testing online.
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Besides what kimsland said, the wired router my have an "uplink" port. This port is used to link 2 routers together
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    No, this is not the port that you should use to link routers (unless you have a good reason to or you just like to do things the hard way).
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    Like Nodsu says, there's any easy way and the "offical" (ie hard) way.

    Connecting router-1 to router-2 using lan ports on both ends is the Easy way
    for several reasons. The only issue to to be sure router-2 has DHCP disabled :)
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    You can have 3 in series also what I do here..

    1- DHCP enabled wired
    2- DHCP disabled (wireless access point bridge)
    3- DHCP disabled (wireless access point bridge)
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    just keep daisy chaining them using LAN-LAN connections.

    you're only exposed to the robustness of router-1 :)
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Well true .. the main router is doing the work...
  9. webchrissy

    webchrissy TS Rookie

    Two Routers, sort of similiar w/a twist

    Hi, I am not sure what i am missing, but here it is. I have a linksys wireless g router already. I would like to add a new linksys wireless N router to my network. I want only 1 pc to use via wireless the new N router (it is my entertainment server into my home theatre). All the rest of the pcs and wii in the house can continue to connect to the wireless G router. My G router IP (has to be this way for work's VPN). So is it best to use static on the N pc, can I use static ips w/wireless? I am thinking the process out first before changing everything....thank you in advance. PS-the reason if not clear I am using the N router only for the entertainment pc is because i want the fastest, cleanest, best connection for streaming video/audio, DVR, etc....
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    VPNs will frequently alter the routing to as to inhibit access except thru the VPN itself.

    in this discussion on routers and switches, at the bottom are two ways to add a second router,
    so that your system (eg system#5) might have a VPN and not impact the other systems.

    If you don't need five ip addresses, then you will not need the switch :)
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