Wireless routers are an integral part of any home network. But what do you do if you need to expand your home network but don’t want to buy another wireless router?
In general, ethernet cables can be connected to a wireless router. If you’re looking to connect an ethernet cable to a wireless router that doesn’t directly support one, it’s possible to connect an ethernet cable but it will require some setting up on both ends for the connection to be done.
Step 1: Connect the wireless router to your computer
First things first, connect the wireless router to your modem using an ethernet cable. If you’re not sure how to do this, contact the customer support for your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and they can help you with it.
This may be a good time to note that in order for this workaround to work, you will need two separate internet connections at different IP addresses. Once you’ve got your wireless router connected it’s time to move onto step 2!
Step 2: Network settings for your second connection on the wireless router
Now that your primary connection is complete it’s time to start setting up your secondary one if one doesn’t exist already. Start by plugging your computer directly into your wireless router with an ethernet cable.
This can be done on the back of the router or through one of its available ports for eht1/2, etc. It will only work if it is plugged into one that isn’t used by any other computers on your network, so be sure to choose wisely!
Once you’ve got your computer connected to your wireless router it’s time to open up the configuration page for this connection. There are many ways to do this and each router may vary slightly, but I can help point out where everything is located for most routers.
On most Linksys routers (such as the WRT54G series) they can be accessed by typing 192.168.1.1 in your web browser. If you can’t find this address anywhere on your router then just go to Google and type in the make and model of your wireless router. The configuration pages for these can usually be found by searching.
Once you’ve got this page open, we can start setting up our secondary connection. On most Cisco routers (such as the WRT54GL) it can be found under “Setup -> Basic Setup” or sometimes called “Internet Connection Type.”
You’ll want to select an option that says “Disabled,” but don’t worry about actually disabling anything! Once done press Save and then Apply Settings, don’t worry if nothing happens after applying because that’s normal.
Step 3: Secondary IP settings
Now that you’ve got your secondary connection configured it’s time to set both its primary and secondary IP Addresses. Start by typing “192” in the first box, then select “A” on your keyboard.
Type in the second number of your wireless router’s IP address (which can be found just above where you changed the settings) into the next box, then press Enter on your keyboard. Now type “255”. Then type in “254” into that same box followed by another Enter key press.
Now we can finish setting up this section! Type in “-30” into all three boxes for this section and leave everything else unchanged from their default settings (unless otherwise stated).
Once done press Save and then Apply Settings again (if nothing happened after saving the previous changes just keep applying until you can see your settings change) and try connecting to the wireless router again using an ethernet cable.
Step 4: Connecting an ethernet cable to a wireless router
Now that you’ve got both connections configured it’s time to test things out! Unfortunately, this will require having two separate monitors or laptop connected at once, I can’t really think of any way around this. Start by plugging in one end of your ethernet cable into your computer.
Then go ahead and plug the other end into one of the available ether1/2 ports on the back of your wireless router if they aren’t all used up for computers already. Once done turn on your second computer and connect it via ethernet cable to the same port.
Now you can go ahead and open up your web browser of choice on both computers at once so they can access the internet simultaneously! Try loading up a website like https://www.google.com or something that can tell you if your internet connection is working or not with both machines.
Once you’ve confirmed that both connections are able to access the internet, congratulations! You can now connect multiple devices via ethernet cable to a wireless router!
Using Wireless Router as an access gateway
While most wireless routers are plugin and play, for the majority of them will require to have multiple wireless routers to connect to others using one as an access gateway.
In the steps above can be used to connect to the wireless router, but instead of connecting to a second computer via ethernet cable put a connect a third computer to the second computer
Step 5: Connecting a third computer & getting internet access on all three devices
Now that you’ve got your wireless router set up as an access gateway it’s time to use it! As I said earlier, each make and model will be slightly different as far as connections go.
For example, Cisco routers can be accessed by typing in 10.0.1.1 into the web browser while most Linksys routers can’t accept anything higher than 192.168.1.xxx addresses unless you have special settings turned on for this exact purpose (which can also vary by model).
You can get your wireless router’s address just like you did for the secondary connection earlier. Go ahead and type “192” into the first box, then select “A” on your keyboard.
Type in either 192 or 10 followed by a . (period) into the next two boxes while pressing Enter after each number on your keyboard. Then press Save and Apply Settings again to save all of these changes. Once done, try connecting via ethernet cable to any one of the available ether1/2 ports on the back of that wireless router using a third computer.
Then go ahead and open up your web browser on that machine at once so they can access the internet simultaneously! Try loading up a website like https://www.google.com or something that can tell you if your internet connection is working or not with all three devices.
Once you’ve confirmed that both connections are able to access the internet, congratulations! You can now connect multiple devices via ethernet cable to a wireless router as well as use it as an access gateway for other computers!