How To: Setting Up File and Printer Sharing Between Two Routers
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All those who run several computers and routers within the same LAN must have encountered the following problems:
Printers won’t work from all the computers by default, and file sharing is not as easy as one would think; it all needs to be configured manually.
Not to worry, a minor tweak will fix these issues. This tutorial will show you how to do it quickly and easily right from the step one. Just read on, follow the steps, and print at will.
1. Setting up the First Router
The first router to be configured is the one that receives the signal from the carrier AKA your internet provider. This piece of equipment is going to be the network’s brain, so make sure it is the most reliable one you can find (if you go cheap on it and the network fails, you know who to blame). Once you have that set, connect the internet cable to the input port of the router. It is very difficult to mistake the input port since it is almost always labeled as “Internet” and often carries a different color than the rest.
Take a look at image sample #1 in which you will see one of the many available configurations for this dual-router setup. There are many different ways of hooking up all the equipment; this is the one we chose for being the most effective and simple.
Connect, install, and configure the main router (If it was done by your service provider, skip and go to step 2)
Connect the router to the Ethernet port of your computer while it is off
Start your computer
Open your default browser and type in the IP address of your router directly on the search bar. http://192.168.1.1 and http://192.168.0.1 are the most commonly used router addresses.
The webpage that comes up may prompt you to insert a username and password. admin, user are the most common usernames and password is the most commonly assigned default password.
TIP: You will find all the information you need to set up and install the router printed on a sticker that should be pasted underneath it (username and password included!).
Depending on the brand and model of the modem, the menu will be different, but this is the moment to get creative! You will be prompted to name your new network. In other words, you could set up the network’s SSID. It is important that you choose a name for the network, more so if it is going to be surrounded by many others (especially for WiFi connections). Besides, if everybody would let their networks by default names, it will only create chaos at times!
The next step you will be prompted to follow is the selection of the security type you would like to have for your network. Our suggestion is to go for WPA2 since it is the most secure way to encrypt your password and avoid unpleasant moments in the future (though this partially also depends on what password you keep)
Create a password
TIP: Do not keep your password simple; be creative and add as many numbers and symbols as you like, and you can always write it down for future reference
NOTE: Since all of these steps are performed on the router platform, menus, names, and screens vary from one to the next. We added examples of different brands just in case.
Take a test run while the cable is still connected. Browse away with confidence for a while, stream heavy videos, and go to “Start”, “Settings”, “Network & Internet” and check the status of the connection. If everything is running smoothly, go to step 2. Otherwise, contact your Internet Service Provider.
2. Setting up your Home Network
After configuring your primary router, the following step is to set up your forthcoming network and for that, you need to:
Press the “Start” button, then click on “Settings” choose “Network & Internet” and then “Network and Sharing Center”
Click on “Set up a new connection or network”
On the next page, you need to select what type of connection you wish to create. In this case, click “Set up a new network: set up a new router or access point”. After clicking “Next” you will find the Installation Wizard opening right up. You will have to follow some steps very similar to configuring the router. You will have to choose the security level (WPA2), name it, and also link a password to it.
3. Add the printer (If you already have the printer set on the computer the main router, please skip to step 4)
Press the “Start” button, then click on “Settings”, choose “Devices and printers” once you are there, and click on “Add a printer”
You will be shown all available devices in the form of a list and the only thing to be done is selecting the right one. Windows will automatically download and install the needed drivers for it and install it for you. Bill is a businessman and made this as easy as it could be, so his software will let you know when everything is done and ready to print.
Before going to the next step (number 4), let´s take a look at some of the benefits of having an additional router working for the same LAN network.
Increasing Home Network Range: A second router can act as a repeater; what is the use of a repeater? Well, when the coverage area is large, signal levels can drop dramatically and a repeater will boost it right up to its original levels again.
Connecting a fixed device with no Wi-Fi. Think for a moment that the printer you need is on the other side of the room and you are not on a laptop. Is everything lost then? Well, no, it could be connected by a cable to the router on the other side of the room and both to your computer. That will simply fill the gap.
Reducing Network Lag. If you are feeling that your connection has got some serious lag and everything takes a million light years to load, that might be because there are too many computers connected to a single router. Having a second one would boost speed and help distribute loads evenly, thereby improving the speed.
4. Configure the second router
In order to install the second router, the first step has to be repeated. The main difference is that the second will have a function of repeating the original signal and therefore, it has to be set on the