While most home computer networks use only one router, adding a second router makes sense in a few situations. A second router is used to upgrade a wired network to support wireless devices. An additional router can extend the wireless range of a home network to reach dead spots and to network a wired device that's too far away from the original router. In addition, a second router creates a separate subnetwork within a home to stream video among some devices without slowing down connections to others.
If you enjoy a very large home network, a second router can improve performance. Yes, it is possible to use two or even more than two routers on the same home network. The benefits of a two-router network include:. Support for more wired devices: If your first router is the wired Ethernet kind, it supports only a limited number of connected devices typically only four or five. A second router provides more open Ethernet ports enabling additional computers to join the network.
Connecting two routers in your home network, called, cascading helps you expand your network or manage network resources. A LAN-to-WAN connection makes it easier to identify which router your devices connect to, but devices connected to one router can't communicate with those on the other router. You must have administrative access to both routers.
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