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Readers Respond: Do you want to use two routers on your home network?

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Redundancy and high availability

I have a mult-ihomed setup where i introduce 4 circuits to the UTM/firewall (router 1) where i secure my traffic, bond 2 circuits to a data center, and load balance my up-links. then finally traffic passes to my LAN routers (router 2, router 3) where I have failover-enabled redundant access to my physical network.
—Guest M

Deciding between two models

I need to configure an older D-Link 4100 router that was used for cable modem, but now I have a Clearwire from this ISP, a device called Clear Hub Express which shows all password, SSID and ability to change all settings once someone hacks this hub. I keep seeing my neighbors' connections turning off or on when I disable my network connections. I suspect unauthorised usage, but there is no way to block them even after un-checking the 'connect automatically' option. If this model is not feasible, I'm considering a Linksys wireless router but have no clue if this will also work as an extra connection barrier from my computers to the hub.
—Guest siew

Second router for isolated test lab

I have an isolated virtual test lab to assist with IT learning. I don't want my work to interfere with the home network, so I have it running on a different subnet under a virtual router (a VM running DD-WRT).
—Guest Nick

No, I don't want a switch

Traffic is isolated on a switch and will not "route" to other devices on the LAN. Having gotten that out of the way, I need that second router to control network access. There is a limit on a single router to the number of "allowed" MAC addresses. Of course, you can skip that and forsake security, but that's not my cup of locked-down tea.
—Guest Rick

sure do

I use 2 routers. 1 is 5 Ghz for our phones and tablets the second is 2.4 Ghz for wireless printers and other network devices that don't support 5 Ghz
—Guest paul_j

Too many devices!

I have many devices requiring both a wired and wireless connection. I would like to set up a router between the modem and a wireless router to give me more ports... .
—Guest Andyok50

Multiple routers and switches

I have about 20 devices in the house with 7 people. I use WAP devices that provide a connection to the AT&T router. On each WAP I connect the LAN side to another router or switch. On my server's side I have a Cisco 4-port gigabit router connected WAN port to a D-link WAP that connects to the AT&T router. The Cisco ports then go to 3 gigabit switches, which all my computers and gear are all CAT6 wired to. One of the Cisco ports goes to a Belkin N750 WAP, and it has another 4 gigabit ports. I connect my tablets and phones via Wifi through the Belkin. I have a small server farm, so I needed to branch my network out like this. Using the firewall of the Cisco and the Belkin I can tell you that unless a port is forwarded in the AT&T and the Cisco there's no way to reach my isolated LAN setup. I run Web servers and other services and never had my systems compromised. It's also incredibly fast. LAN side access at gigabit is nice. Also run DLNA servers for in-house gear so for multimedia - its really nice.
—Guest TheQ

Separate ones for work and home

I work at home, and If I ever need to do anything with the router... I'm screwed for work. I spend all day on the phone with my company's tech support. Boy, is it a pain! I need something that I won't need to keep calling tech support when working, while I can still mess around with my router for home use.
—Guest Nate

Dealing with concrete walls and floors

I have a concrete home and the floors are concrete. My current Cisco router - the middle of the road one - produces a weak link in the basement. A smart TV booster may help... but a router may be my answer.
—Guest /darlene

Use it as a bridge

I have two routers and the second one connects to the other using WDS bridging. I then use the Ethernet ports on the second router for my devices which do not have Wifi built in.
—Guest Vikash

2 home wifi networks for security

I want to lock down my primary network to registered devices, only my main computers, a few tablets and the printer. For the growing number of guests, I want a 2nd network, so I'm not giving out the password to my main network to every visitor.
—Guest David

No I dont want two routers

I know that this may be a little more technical, but most of these posts are not saying that they need two routers, but rather multiple switches (wired) or access points (wireless). For basically any home network, you dont need more than 1 router. If you need more wireless range, you need an access point, if you need more ports you need a switch. I have multiple switches and multiple access points in my house, but only one router.
—Guest Ryan

2 Modems, 2 Routers, 1 Dual WAN Router

We have static IP assigned and our ISP requires a router and of course a modem for each static IP assigned for our public connections which load balance on a dual WAN Router linksys RV042.
—Guest Electrical Business

For connecting a wired Xbox

My xbox is not wireless. The router is in a different room. I have a second router that I want to connect to the same network. I believe they're both router/ modem units.
—Guest beefcake

For surveilance cameras

I have these foscame cameras.. that need to be set up with the router. But my router only allows one connection to the PC. so I need a second one. Also it's a nightmare to configure them... .
—Guest Santi

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