I have the below network and I would like access from Client 1 the Client 2.
Is there a way to achieve this by adding a route into the Routing Table of one of the routers?
If not, is there another way?

Main Router - Linksys E2500

  • DHCP enabled
  • Second Router WAN IP is reserved with the MAC address
  • Client 1 IP is reserved with the MAC address

Second Router - TP-Link WR841N

  • DHCP enabled
  • Client 2 IP is reserved with the MAC address
  • NAT is enabled enter image description here
  • Is NAT enabled on the second router? I'm guessing that it is, but I want to confirm that.
    – ErikF
    Mar 20, 2018 at 4:12
  • @ErikF, yes, NAT is enabled on the second router
    – Ionut
    Mar 20, 2018 at 4:22

2 Answers 2


In your main router you need to add a route for netmask gateway

You also need to ensure the WAN IP address of the second router is either statically encoded in the router or handed out by the main router using DHCP reservation.

  • the WAN IP for the second router is reserved with the MAC address.
    – Ionut
    Mar 20, 2018 at 4:23
  • Ok. that will work then.
    – davidgo
    Mar 20, 2018 at 4:24
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    Are you running NAT on the second router? If so, you need to disable it. You should try do a traceroute from client1 to client2 and vice-versa and provide your results to show where traffic is going.
    – davidgo
    Mar 20, 2018 at 6:02
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    @ChrisM this is an entirely other question and maybe you should ask a new question for it. I can't speak for ExpressVPN, only for OpenVPN in general - Provided that (a) the VPN on your router is assigned a world routable address (b) there are no firewall rules stopping it this is entirely doable - provided, of-course, that the VPN is up.
    – davidgo
    Feb 4, 2020 at 21:09
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    @ChrisM - From there website, it looks like ExpressVPN is designed to hide your network - this makes it somewhat unlikely they are giving you a routable IP address (which would only be the first hurdle - you would need to set up some kind of Dynamic DNS service as its unlikely they are providing you a static IP). If you really need this service, you may want to google "OpenVPN static IP" - but be aware that these services are less likely to provide anonymity if that is what you are after - A static IP address is in some ways antithetical to anonymity!
    – davidgo
    Feb 4, 2020 at 21:13

What's happening is that computer 1 can't see computer 2 because router 2 is taking all the traffic from and making it look like it is coming from its address of You'll need to configure the router to allow devices on the "WAN" side to be able to access the resources that you need on the LAN side.

Assuming you are using the standard firmware, here are two methods you can try (page numbers are from the linked PDF of the manual):

  1. If you have only a few services that you are providing, you can set up a virtual server (p. 38). In the router's web interface, go to Forwarding -> Virtual Servers and add the port name and IP address of the computer (this address has to be static: if it changes, this won't work.)

  2. If you have many services, you can put the computer in the router's DMZ (p. 42). In the router's web interface, go to Forwarding -> DMZ and set the DMZ host address to the computer with the resources.

If you're doing this in a home situation or small business, my guess is that your setup is possibly too complex right now however. If you don't actually need two separate sets of IP addresses, I would recommend turning off DHCP completely on the second router and plugging the connection from router 1 into a LAN connection, leaving the WAN connection empty. That way all of your computers will be on the same subnet and you don't have to set anything up (unless you want to expose services to the Internet, of course!)

  • actually, all you need to do is turn NAT off, and let router 1 handle NAT for the whole network. This also gets rid of the "double NAT" issue. Also, turning off DHCP will break things because the networks are on different interfaces.
    – davidgo
    Mar 20, 2018 at 6:08

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