Slow internet connections getting you down? Maybe you’re fed up with annoying not-spots in your home causing you to lose WiFi connectivity as you move around the household? We’ve been there and it’s tough to endure, so we’ve put together this guide to multiple routers, answering the questions “Is It Possible?” and “Is It The Best Choice? – read on to learn more about how you can improve your home WiFi network.
How Do You Do It?
In simple terms, yes – it is possible to use more than one router in your home to improve WiFi coverage, but there are some very crucial steps that you need to follow to ensure that it is set up properly.
1)Position the router in the right location! This is the most simple step, but also one that requires a great deal of thought. You’ll want to make sure that you’ve positioned your second router far enough away from your primary router so that you’re effectively extending range, whilst also factoring the location of wired devices which you’ll be connecting to the router using a cable.
2)Connect both routers! If it’s not possible to connect both of your routers wirelessly, you’ll have to do this with an ethernet cable, so be sure to plan for this and ensure that you have enough cable to make this achievable. Connect one end of the cable into your new router’s uplink part, which can also often be labelled as WAN or Internet, then attach the other end into any free port other than it’s uplink slot.
3)Channel setting configuration! If both of your routers operate on the same channel, it’s likely that you’ll encounter a great deal of interruption to your service – with both routers operating in the same channel, there is far too much overlap which can lead to slower speeds and lost connections. To account for this, ensure that each router is operating on a different channel to one another.
4)IP Address! Unless you are using the second router as a network switch or access point, you should be okay to keep the IP address the same on both of your routers.
What Are The Benefits?
If you’ve managed to set up your routers properly, the major benefits that you’ll experience are better coverage across your home, as well as faster speeds on devices that previously struggled to connect to wireless connections (if the device is now wired to the second router) or not-spot zones.
You’ll also have access to extra ethernet ports when using a second router, so devices like games consoles and computers can access a stronger and more reliable broadband connection.
What Are The Alternatives?
Mesh WiFi networks are a similar, but more practical method of achieving faster internet speeds across your whole home. This system uses a series of nodes as opposed to traditional routers, creating a web of WiFi connectivity over your home – the devices all connect to each other and work together to ensure devices are always receiving optimal service, even if there is an error somewhere within the node network.
When using a Mesh WiFi network, you’ll also be able utilise seamless roaming, which connects you to the node with the best signal for your location at any given time, all without having to log in and out of the different devices. Thich is an issue you can often encounter with multiple routers and WiFi range extenders, so consider this before making a decision on your method for improving your home broadband quality.