Idiots Guide: How to connect two PTCL ADSL (wifi) routers in a network via LAN ?

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Hello, hope you are having a good day or may be not!!! You are confused and frustrated about configuring two routers in your home network (LAN). If you are facing this problem. Just sit back and relax because this tutorial will guide you on how to fix this problem.

Scenario:

Somehow I have got two PTCL routers from the PTCL. Both the routers are ADSL + WIFI routers as shown in the following figures.

New router: SLIM

SLIM Router
SLIM Router

Old router: FAT

FAT Router
FAT Router

Now the SLIM router is my primary router i.e. the PHONE LINE after DSL SPLITTER comes to this router and all the devices in my home connects to this one via WIFI or a CAT5/6 cable. Now, I have another spare router (FAT) and I want to use this router in another room because I am not getting good signals with my SLIM router. Also, I want this FAT router to be a part of my existing network.

Existing network:

Existing Network
Existing Network

Problem:

To Install / Configure a PTCL’s ADSL + WIFI router (FAT) in the existing network because we want to install the NEW router in another room to get GOOD WIFI SIGNALS.

Modified network:

Modified Network
Modified Network

Steps: 

1. First you need to find out the network address of your ROUTER that is connected to the INTERNET in my case its the SLIM router. SLIM router is on the “192.168.1.1”, most of the PTCL routers are assigned this private IP address. You can also verify it by typing “192.168.1.1” address in your browser, it will ask you USERNAME + PASSWORD to login. Afterwards you will be shown to a screen similar to following:

SLIM router LOGIN PAGE
SLIM router LOGIN PAGE

2. Now, the second step is to find the network address of our FAT router. Just like the SLIM router it will also be running on the IP address “192.168.1.1”. To connect with this router. I would recommed the following steps:

  • TURN OFF your SLIM router
  • POWER UP this FAT router
  • Connect you PC/Laptop with this FAT router via WIFI or NETWORKING CABLE (CAT 5/6) [ i used the networking cable method]
  • LOG into the ADMIN PAGE of this FAT router by typing “192.168.1.1” into your browser
  • A similar screen like previous router’s admin page will be shown as shown in the following picture
FAT router login page
FAT router LOGIN page

3. Third step involves configuring this FAT router. So, that we can adjust it in our existing network.

  • In the Advanced Setup tab click on the LAN button
  • Now change the IP address so that we don’t have any conflict with our SLIM router
  • I will be assigning ip address of 192.168.1.100 to this FAT router
  • And after this you need to DISABLE the DHCP server
  • After this go to the Routing tab and click on Default Gateway button
  • Check the Use Default Gateway IP address and assign the IP address of your primary router, in my case it will be 192.168.1.1
  • Save settings and reboot your router
  • Following figures shows these steps
FAT router modified settings
FAT router modified settings
FAT router default GATEWAY
FAT router default GATEWAY

4. After the restart, this FAT router will be availble to access on the “192.168.1.100” IP address.

FAT router @ 192.168.1.100
FAT router @ 192.168.1.100

5. Now,  the next step involves configuring the WIFI of this WIFI router. Give this FAT router a diffrent SSID  (name). In my case I am giving it the name of “Free Internet”, you can do whatever you want. If you want to protect your WIFI, you can go to the SECURITY settings and put a password too.

WIFI settings of FAT router
WIFI settings of FAT router

6. Next, you need to physically connect both the WIFI routers via a LAN CABLE (cat6).
Place this FAT router in your desired location / floor.

7. Next, step is to connect with the FAT router via “WIFI”. If you look at the WIFI connections in your operating system in my case its windows. “Free Internet” will be shown.

SSID: Free Internet
SSID: Free Internet

8. Connect with this “Free Internet”.

9. You will be connected to “Free Internet” but you will not be able to browse/surf any website. Its because of the fact that you have TURNED OFF THE DHCP and your system has not been assigned any IP. To fixed this issue, you will have to manually assign IP Address, Default Gateway, Netmask etc. settings as shown below

Settings on Client Side
Settings on Client Side

10. Save settings and “Disable” and then “Enable” your wireless adapter so that settings gets in.

11. After this, you will be successfully able to use INTERNET from this FAT router. Hurrah !!!

12. Please remember that you will have to do manual configuration of devices (laptop, mobile etc.) that will be connected to FAT router. Else, it won’t work.

Feel free to ask questions if you have any !!!

Note:
If you have different routers just remember that you just need to turn off the “DHCP” on the second router and give the second router default gateway IP of the primary router. Thats it.

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36 thoughts on “Idiots Guide: How to connect two PTCL ADSL (wifi) routers in a network via LAN ?

    Sarosh said:
    October 25, 2015 at 8:35 am

    V Nice job.. Thanks for sharing

    madassar said:
    October 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    nice work

      sarosh58 said:
      October 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Please I need your help regarding networking of two routers.
      I have two PTCL ADSL (wifi) routers .One is “AN 1020-25” same like yours while other is “W150D”.
      I want to make “AN 1020-25” my primary router while “W150D” my secondary router .I have tried much to configure and then connected both modems via wire but could not be successful.
      I also tried to connect both modems wirelessly using Bridge Method but again could not establish connection.
      Please guide me in detail. Thanks.
      Mudassar
      Email: sarosh_58@yahoo.com

        F Masood responded:
        December 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm

        just follow the steps, no rocket science :-)

        Ali Hasan said:
        May 19, 2017 at 7:11 am

        I am trying to do same thing but modems are not connecting through WiFi… You need a WiFi Repeater for that…

        These PTCL Modems have no option of being used as WiFi Repeaters. Only PTCL Modem W150D has feature of wireless bridge but it connects two networks using Wireless Bridge… Like you and your friend in neighborhood can connect separate LANs with WiFi Bridge and share Files and Movies Songs etc

        I have a theory, I have not tried it cos too much busy in other stuff… you can give it a try…

        For this you will need another (third) modem :D …

        Connect your A-Router (AN 1020-25) to ADSL (Telephone Line) … with Internet working on it and WiFi on.

        Connect your B-Router (W150D) with Wireless Bridge to A-Router (AN 1020-25). Now your B-Router is receiving signal from A-Router and all 4 LAN Ports have internet access but not via WiFi (cos WiFi antenna is receiving internet at this time).

        Now use your 3rd (C-Router) any router with wifi and connect it to B-Router via LAN Wire. So now your C-Router is receiving Internet through Wire from B-Router and spreading through WiFi Antenna…

        F Masood responded:
        July 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

        yes you can;t connect two routers directly WIFI, this tutorial only talks about connecting two routers/switches via LAN…

    SUFYAN said:
    September 7, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Seriously Question…. Answer Compulsory.
    Its work properly but I want to change wifi password of FAT router(According to your 2nd router without dsl wire)….
    I tried but not open IP address of FAT address 192.168.1.100… only open primary ip 192.168.1.1

      F Masood responded:
      December 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      recheck your IP address, which one belongs to which router

      F Masood responded:
      February 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      there must be some problem, i dont know. please follow all the steps from start

    Imran Ayub said:
    October 20, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    how do we connect then both with wire? i mean k ethernet net cable jo slim router sy agy ay g us ko kahan lagana hai agr ap pics wgara send kar do plz?

      F Masood responded:
      December 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      the secondary router (fat) router gets the LAN cable from the primary router (slim) one to its INTERNET from.

      F Masood responded:
      February 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      please see the diagram, its very easy.

        wireless dude said:
        May 6, 2017 at 8:10 am

        lol kay bachay ..without cables ka bata ye tou easy hai..bc

        F Masood responded:
        May 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm

        what a stupid comment.

    Wiki said:
    March 4, 2017 at 11:18 am

    How can we connect without wire? Can we connect in wireless mode ? Do we have to follow the same steps ? Plz answer ?

      F Masood responded:
      May 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      what do you mean by connecting two routers without wire ?

      you can’t do i think, you need to have 1 lan wire to connect both.

    Ali Hasan said:
    May 19, 2017 at 6:59 am

    what you are telling and what you are showing (in the diagram) are two different things.

    your diagram (pic) shows your second router is connecting with first route via WiFi … but in tutorial you are telling to use wire (LAN cable)… :(

      F Masood responded:
      July 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Bhai ! its exactly the same, I am currently running this exact settings in my network, its working, what problem you’re facing ? do let me know, ill try to give you answer.

    Ahsan hameed said:
    July 11, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    brilliant!!

    Asad said:
    October 15, 2017 at 4:28 am

    DNS kon sa rakhen? Jo aap ne above pic mein dikhaya hai? Ya dns blank se b kam chal jye ga?

      skinnyel3phant responded:
      November 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      I prefer to use Google 8.8.8.8 and 4.4.2.2 , although security wise its not a good practice.
      but you can enter DNS anything you want. i dont think you can leave it blank.

      skinnyel3phant responded:
      January 29, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Both will work.

    Evil Hussy said:
    February 12, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Hi, Just came across your post when trying to use my spare ptcl modem as an repeater, im trying to use that wireless bridge option, my house is pretty big and my main router is on my first floor so i was thinking i could use the spare ptcl modem as a wireless bridge/repeater without use of any lan cable.
    hope you know something about it, reply me here or send me an email at devilhussy @ gmail com
    Thanks ;)

      Evil Hussy said:
      February 12, 2018 at 11:13 am

      I couldnt find any other way to contact you.

      skinnyel3phant responded:
      February 25, 2018 at 5:19 am

      without cable its not possible i guess, you can buy some other e.g. TPLINK or DLINK wireless repeaters they will do your desired task without using the CABLE.

    tauseef said:
    March 2, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    i have a little different scenario i.e. ptcl router (main), wifi router configuired and working properly, now i want to connect a new wifi router connected to 2nd router, setting u mentioned are not working, plz guide me in this case

      skinnyel3phant responded:
      March 7, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      you want 2nd router to be part of 1st router’s network ?

      or you want to create 2 separate networks ? Also, what company model of your 2nd router is ?

        tauseef said:
        March 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm

        1st main router, 2nd ptcl device configured as u have guided. now 3rd device also indent to connect to the 2nd device all in same network

    fawad khan khan said:
    April 20, 2018 at 11:36 am

    salam brother i have connected a ptcl router as an extension with the other router but when ever i try to login to the secondery router by entering correct username and password it does not get logged in what’s the reason brother can you help me

      skinnyel3phant responded:
      April 24, 2018 at 5:04 am

      what are the IP addresses of both the routers for logging in?

    Farhan ud din said:
    June 30, 2018 at 6:53 am

    is it must to disable dhcp if it is ,,it is in main router or 2nd one, then what is the alternative method for brdging in which dhcp will not be disabled

      skinnyel3phant responded:
      July 2, 2018 at 10:34 am

      with enabling DHCP there is another method.
      dhcp should be disabled as mentioned in the guide.

    Nazia Shakeel said:
    August 1, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Assalam o Alaikum
    I read your post and I must appreciate your effort to help others. I have two routers, one is latest supplied by PTCL, ip address 192.168.10.1 and other is quite old (model KW5815) with ip address 192.168.1.1. I tried the method you have posted but my secondary router have different gateway interface and I can’t input the gateway address manually, Can you please help me with this? I can send you the screenshots if you like.
    Regards
    Nazia Shakeel
    sahmad99@gmail,com

      skinnyel3phant responded:
      August 1, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      this is a different method, but works:
      your main router = ip = 192.168.10.1 (active router that connects to internet)
      your old router = ip = 192.168.1.1 (spare router)

      1 you should change the IP of your OLD router from 192.168.1.1 to something like 192.168.10.100 or 192.168.10.101 etc.
      2 now connect the LAN cable from your ACTIVE ROUTER (port 1,2,3 or 4) to SPARE ROUTER (INTERNET PORT).
      3 if properly configured, you should be able to use INTERNET without any problems.

        Mrzaid said:
        August 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm

        How to configure it cant chnage the default gateway ip..
        Will it work without giving the default gateway?

        skinnyel3phant responded:
        August 10, 2018 at 3:33 pm

        how are you changing the default gateway IP?

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