From the article: Can Two Routers Be Used on the Same Home Network?
Using two routers on a home network can be a good idea for a few reasons including increased security and performance. Some people may need a second router if their first one doesn't support a certain type of connection or home gadget. Some may even like to keep a second router on their network as a fallback option in case one router fails. What's your story? Share Your Reason
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
Using 2 wireless routers with "m-camera"
- I have an old Netscape router cable connect, and I am getting a two camera base wireless system. Do i need a wireless router to run them, or two routers, one for each camera? Or can i just use the old Netscape with the [Ethernet] cable (its like 6 yrs old). [Ed. Any of these options can work, the two cameras can share one router.]
- —Guest carolyn
For a lagging PS3
- We are considering adding a second router, because my sons PS3 lags if anyone else is using the Wifi at the same time... .
- —Guest Tera
Two routers for separate N and G
- To get full benefit of the 40Mbs fibre, I have separated the N and G local wireless by having two routers. The G is connected to a port on the N router. This works very well, giving 38Mbs on the N and 20Mbs on the G.
- —Guest John
Three routers, plus Ayrmesh hubs
- I am currently using 2 routers and 2 Ayrmesh hubs connected to a 3rd router - all on the same Internet service.
- —Guest Jason
For Pandora out in the shop
- I have a separate building outside, and my router can't reach any mobile devices out there. I listen to Pandora frequently, and I do not want to use u all my minutes... I was considering to install one out there, because we have a phone line out there too... not separate but another port for the same line.
- —Guest bob
Yes, I did!
- I did this to improve my range. My house is almost 7500 sq ft. It works great. They are on the same IP network and broadcast the same ssid. It improves my range tremendously, and I now have 14 devices on it between kids and all.
- —Guest tekgeek
- ...because I can. Built my first computer from a Sinclair ZX8? Kit and have been geekin' stuff everafter.
- —Guest Chofak
To improve performance of my iPad
- Have one wired router in the bedroom for my PC. I now require another wireless router for my iPad for interrupted video viewing. Will this help? -Joe [A: If streaming video from a server within the home, this setup can help. If streaming over the Internet, adding a second router usually does not help because it is sharing the same one Internet connection.]
- —Guest Joe Vaz
To work around AT&T's lack of N support
- Router/Gateway from AT&T has no Wireless N [802.11n] capability. But all my home LAN's wireless devices have N. I want my wireless devices to be able to make use of 400% faster speed to communicate with the router. AT&T's router/gateway does allow me to assign a LAN device a "DMZ" status - it lets the internet talk to my Linksys router with NO filtering. And it allows my Linksys router to use the ISP assigned external WAN static IP address. So the Linksys router can send and receive directly to the ISP's own gateway. But AT&T still has not upgraded their equipment's internal modem, which Linksys router still has to communicate through. That modem is still has a max rate 100 MB. It's good my wireless devices communicate faster to my local router. And I'm glad my router can talk directly with AT&T's WAN gateway. But it's ironic that Joe-consumer can only find Gigabit and N devices at the store, but our country's communication's leader strangles our speed once our packets leave my linksys router.
- —Guest Price Hale
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