Basically due to poor reception of the Airport Extreme AC Router (which is located in the living room) when I'm in the bedroom I bought a new ASUS RT-ACRH13 router. However this has just as bad reception as the Airport Extreme so I was going to set it up in the bedroom as a second router as there is an ethernet socket there.

My setup:

I have a Huawei modem/wired router supplied by my ISP (Set as with DHCP turned off. Both the bedroom and living room have an ethernet port

I have an Airport Extreme ( in DHCP Only mode plugged into the Living room ethernet port (into Airport WAN port) but it doesnt give great internet at the other end of the apartment through the concrete walls.


  • IP Address:
  • Router Address:
  • DNS:
  • Subnet:

I have an ASUS RT-ACRH13 plugged into the bedroom ethernet (Into ASUS WAN port).

WAN IP Setting (ASUS):

  • IP Address: (DHCP issue IP Addresses from to 199)
  • Subnet Mask:
  • Default Gateway:
  • DNS:

LAN IP Setting (ASUS):

  • LAN IP:

I want the LAN IP of the ASUS to be and issue IP’s in the range - 255 (So computers and printers etc can see each other)

But if I try to do this it says I need to have the IP address and subnet different.

How can I achieve this?

Is it ok to have DHCP on for both the AirPort Extreme and the ASUS?


  • One of them should be configured as an access point. Bridge the two and only have one DHCP server on one internal network.
    – simlev
    Mar 27, 2017 at 15:43

1 Answer 1


If you can't set one to be an AP (only) in software, don't use the WAN port on the one that's to be an AP, set an address on the subnet but not in the DHCP pool for its LAN address, and be sure that it is pointing to the correct gateway (not itself.)

You can have both (or all three) do DHCP if you give them non-overlapping pools, but it's no benefit .vs. just having one DHCP server and the other ones turned off.

When you use a router rather than an Access Point and use its WAN port, if it cannot be set to an AP only function, the two networks are not connected, regardless of what address range they are.

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