In most cases, you can easily add your router to an existing wireless network by running Linksys Smart Wi-Fi. Below are the steps recommended by Linksys tech support team for adding another router behind an existing router.
To add your router to your existing wireless network:
- Connect your router’s Internet port to the LAN/Ethernet port on your existing (upstream) router or gateway
- Connect to the secure wireless name shown in the Quick Start Guide that came with your router. (You can change the network name and password later during router setup.) If you need help connecting to the network, refer to your device documentation. Note: You will not have Internet access until router setup is complete
- Open a web browser and follow the instructions to complete your router’s setup. If instructions do not appear in the web browser, enter linksyssmartwifi.com in the browser’s address bar
- At the end of setup, follow the on-screen instructions to setup your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account
Now that you know the steps to add your router to the other wireless network, let’s understand the ways to share an internet connection to the newly added network.
To add another router to share an Internet connection:
In order to add another router to share an internet connection, Linksys tech support professional recommends following steps.
- Determine the IP address range for your upstream (office or building) network. To determine the address range by using a Windows computer:
- i) Connect your computer into your upstream network’s router
- ii) Click Start, Run, type CMD, and then click OK. The command prompt window appears
iii) Type ipconfig, then press Enter
- iv) Take note of the IP address. In this example, the IP address is 192.168.100.192
How to determine the address range by using a Mac computer:
Ø Connect your computer into your upstream network’s router
Ø From the Dock, click System preferences, click Network, and then click Ethernet in the window to the left. A network status window opens
Ø Take note of the IP address. In this example, the IP address is 192.168.100.139
- Connect an Ethernet network cable to a LAN/Ethernet port on your upstream network to the yellow Internet port on your router
- Run your router’s setup CD on each computer that you want to connect to the Linksys router. Each computer needs either a wired or wireless connection to the Linksys router.
To use their DNS:
- 1. Log into Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
- Under Router Settings, click Connectivity
- Click the Local Network tab
- Complete the Static DNS fields with the information provided by your content filtering provider
- Click OK
If you are not able to connect additional router to your existing Linksys router, you can contact Linksys tech support experts on toll free number at 1-888-479-2017 for help.