You can connect a second router as a range extender to your existing network. Alternatively, you can bridge the two routers containing only one network name (SSID). The BluOS Players and other network devices can automatically connect to the router with the strongest signal.
Many newer routers include Wireless Distributed Services(WDS) to create multiple Access Points on a single network with a single name (SSID).
If your existing routers do not support WDS, you can manually create a WDS environment using these steps:
Note: Please refer router's support documentation for specific setup instructions to perform these universal steps.
Set up this router with the standard connection. In router 1's wireless security settings, disable Automatic Channel selection and manually set the channel to channel 3.
In most cases, you should wire Router 2 to Router 1. Consider a wireless media bridge, or run a single network cable to the other location and perform the following steps:
- Disable the DHCP server on Router 2 to prevent IP conflicts or network configuration issues, allowing only Router 1 to manage the network.
- Manually set the IP Address of Router 2 to a digit higher than the existing Router 1.
For example, if Router 1's IP is 192.168.1.1, configure Router 2's IP to 192.168.1.2. Also, ensure that Router 2's IP address is not allotted for DHCP distribution in Router 1. If not, create a DHCP reservation for Router 2's IP address in the DHCP table of Router 1.
- Configure the Internet Gateway of Router 2 with Router 1's IP address.
- Connect the two routers using a wired connection between the ports (1-4). To create a wired connection, you can also use a Wireless Media Bridge or Powerline EthernetKit.
Note: DO NOT use Router 2's WAN port.
- In Router 2's wireless security settings, disable Automatic Channel selection and manually set the channel to an unused channel in the network (not used by Router 1 or any other router).
Note: You can also configure more than two routers with the same name (SSID) for larger areas.
- Configure the wireless security of Router 2 identical to Router 1.
This setup provides two identical access points working in harmony from the opposite ends of the home to create a single distributed network.