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How to connect a second router to the same gateway and share resources

Ottoroluk
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How to connect a second router to the same gateway and share resources

Hello.

I recently moved to a villa and added an additional router in order to extend the coverage in the house.

I have a gateway, provided from the ISP, and the two routers are connected to it. The Gateway sees the two router with two different IP addresses: 192.168.100.2 for the router on the first floor and 192.168.100.4 for the one on the ground floor (see attached picture).

The router on the 1st floor is seen as 192.168.0.1 and the one on the ground floor is seen as 192.168.1.1.

I have a NAS connected to 192.168.1.1 which I assigned a static address of 192.168.1.124 and I would access it from the Smart TV connected to the router on the 1st floor.

How can I accomplish this?

 

Thanks in advance and regards,

stefano.

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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Re: How to connect a second router to the same gateway and share resources

What is this Huawei box? Another router?

 

Two, or more, routers on your network can cause headaches. For example, you can end up with local address problems. Among other things, the other router can misdirect addresses that the Netgear router usually handles, such as routerlogin.net or the usual IP address for a router, 192.168.1.1.

Unless you have specific reasons for using two routers – to create separate networks for example – it is often easier to use just one router and then to set up the second router as a wifi access point. Netgear advises this, as does just about every site you will visit.

Sometimes it is possible to put the modem/router into modem only (bridge) mode and then to use the second device as the router. But some Internet service providers, such as BT in the UK, supply customers with a modem/router that just won't work in bridge mode. There may be ways to get the device to cooperate, but sometimes it is just easier to put the second router in AP mode. But that has its own drawbacks:

Disabled Features on the Router when set to AP Mode | Answer | NETGEAR Support

Just another user.

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Ottoroluk
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Re: How to connect a second router to the same gateway and share resources

Good morning Michael and thanks for your kind reply.

The Huawei Box is the Gateway to which the ISP fibre is connected. It has 4 Ethernet ports and can also act as a Wireless Router but i have disabled it.

This box is located next to the service entrance, far from the living Room (where the netgear R8000 is located). The other Router (Archer C9) is logated on the 1st floor and both are connected to the Gateway, respectively on port #4 and #1.

The reason why i put a second router on the 1st floor is because the WI-FI signal from the Netgear box cannot reach all the bedrooms upstairs.

I aslo have a television in a small living room at the 1st floor that I would like to "see" the NAS device which is connected to the Netgear box.

This is why I would like to kinda "merge" the two networks.

Maybe if I set both routers as AP this can be achieved but I never tried.

 

Thanks in advance for your support,

Stefano.

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antinode
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Re: How to connect a second router to the same gateway and share resources

> [...] The Huawei Box is the Gateway [...]

 

   An actual model number would be more helpful than a vague
description.

 

> [...] It has 4 Ethernet ports and can also act as a Wireless Router
> but i have disabled it. [...]

 

   Disabling its wireless radio may not stop it from being a router.
Judging from the three different subnets shown in your picture, all your
router-capable gizmos are acting as routers.

 

> The reason why i put a second router on the 1st floor is because the
> WI-FI signal [...]

 

   If your goal is to extend your wireless-network coverage (and not to
create a complex subnet arrangement), then you want one router, and as
many wireless access points as needed.


> This is why I would like to kinda "merge" the two networks.
> Maybe if I set both routers as AP this can be achieved [...]

 

   Yup.

 

> [...] but I never tried.

 

   You should.  Visit http://netgear.com/support , put in your model
number, and look for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  In the R8000
manual, look for "Use the Router as a Wireless Access Point".

 

   Apparently, a TP-Link Archer C9 has a similar set-up feature, "4. 4.
Configure the Router in Access Point Mode":

 

      https://static.tp-link.com/2018/201802/20180224/1910012337_Archer%20C9_V5_UG.pdf


   Note that in that mode, each of the router-as-WAP units will get a
new, non-default LAN IP address, and names like "routerlogin.net" and
"tplinkwifi.net" may not work from every place in your (newly expanded)
LAN.  You may need to consult an "attached devices" or "DHCP clients"
(or similar) report on your main/only router-as-router ("The Huawei
Box") to see what these new addresses are.  If you can reserve an
address (preferably something memorable) for each router-as-WAP on "The
Huawei Box" (DHCP server), then you wouldn't need to do that again.

 

   And there's no particular requirement to disable the wireless stuff
on "The Huawei Box".  (Specifying non-overlapping radio channels for all
these gizmos might be wise, however.)

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Eric_Cartman
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Re: How to connect a second router to the same gateway and share resources

Interesting thread, If the two routers where the same I.e. two X6 R8000 Nighthawks would that work?

Reason I ask is that the Max number of concurrent users for Nighthawk on the 2,4ghz is 32 devices and I need to add another 30 devices to my home Network. 2.4ghz band,

I know you can put the second r8000 in AP mode but then it wont allow  you to add anymore then the 32 connections as it is a slave to the first R8000 that allready is maxed out at 32 clients concurrently am i correct?

Routing: Nighthawk X6 R8000 AC 3200 Router
Access Points: Nighthawk EX7000 AC1900 Access Points x 2
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@Eric_Cartman wrote:

Interesting thread, If the two routers where the same I.e. two X6 R8000 Nighthawks would that work?

Work in what sense?

 

The model numbers are not that important. It is generally a bad idea to have two, or, worse, three, routers on your network.

 


@Eric_Cartman wrote:

Reason I ask is that the Max number of concurrent users for Nighthawk on the 2,4ghz is 32 devices and I need to add another 30 devices to my home Network. 2.4ghz band,

 


Please do not "hijhack" discussions with equation that have little, or nothing to do with the original post.

 

See:

 

https://kb.netgear.com/000052286/NETGEAR-Community-Terms-Of-Service

 

I suggest that you start a discussion for your own topic.

Just another user.

My network DM200 -> R7800 -> GS316 -> PL1000 -> Orbi RBR40 -> Orbi RBS50Y -> RBS40V
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antinode
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Re: How to connect a second router to the same gateway and share resources

> I suggest that you start a discussion for your own topic.

 

   Too late:

 

      https://community.netgear.com/t5/x/x/m-p/1695798

 

   I can't explain the result claimed there (and now here), and I don't
have enough junk to confirm or refute it.

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