Recently, more and more subscribers of Internet service providers have been puzzled by the question – how to connect and configure a router through an existing router – with or without WiFi ?! What for? There may be several reasons. The first and most common reason is that the WiFi coverage area of the existing device is not enough for the entire apartment or house and somehow it needs to be increased. The second reason is cost savings. Let’s say one person has connected the Internet and the tariff is 100 megabits. And in the neighborhood he has a friend. And so they decide to use one Internet channel together, both want to have a wireless network. Another reason – when you connect to the provider, you have already been given an access device: a modem or an optical terminal, but its functionality is not enough. In this connection just one more connection to the existing wireless router will help them. In this article, I will tell you how to do it the most correctly and give two ways to configure a router-router network: via WiFi and cable.
Method 1. Connect via WiFi.
This method, in my opinion, is the most correct – one device simply extends the WiFi coverage of another. In general, initially there was simply a repeater (repeater) mode, which was either supported or not. Then came a new technology – WDS, which manufacturers of wireless devices began to actively introduce into their creations. WDS (Wireless Distribution System) is a special technology that allows you to expand the coverage area of a Wi-Fi wireless network by combining several access points (or several WiFi routers) into one network without the need for a wired connection between them. The main requirement when organizing such a network is that all WDS base stations of the network must be configured to use the same frequency, encryption method and encryption key. As a result, in order to connect the router through the router via WiFi, the first one should simply distribute the wireless network and no additional settings need to be done on it. And the second one should be able to work in repeater mode, or support WDS technology, which is almost the same thing. You can find out whether your device is capable of this, either on the manufacturer’s website or by climbing on the settings. As an example, I will consider two wireless routers that can be connected to others via WiFi. The first is Asus RT-N12 D1, which can work as a repeater. And the second example is TP-Link, which supports WDS technology (TL-W741ND, TL-W841ND, TL-W941ND, TL-W1043ND).