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Daisy chain routers

(also router daisy chaining)

Daisy chain routers definition

Daisy chain routers is a network setup in which several routers are linked together in a linear arrangement, creating a chain-like structure. This technique is employed to increase a network's reach or enhance its performance by sharing the workload among multiple devices. Daisy chaining routers may be advantageous in large residences or commercial settings where one router might not offer adequate coverage. Nevertheless, if not configured properly, it may result in latency and the formation of potential bottlenecks.

See also: mesh node

Daisy chain routers examples

  • Wired daisy chain: Using Ethernet cables, one router is connected to another, with each subsequent router connected to the previous one in the chain. This setup provides better performance and reliability than wireless daisy chaining.
  • Wireless daisy chain: Routers are connected wirelessly, typically through Wi-Fi extenders or mesh network systems. This configuration is easier to set up but may suffer from signal degradation and interference.

Comparisons and tips

  • Daisy chain routers vs. mesh networks: Mesh networks provide a more seamless and efficient way to extend Wi-Fi coverage by using multiple nodes that communicate directly with each other, while daisy chaining routers relies on a linear connection sequence, which can introduce latency and potential bottlenecks.
  • When daisy chaining routers, ensure each router has a unique IP address to avoid IP conflicts and disable DHCP on secondary routers to prevent multiple devices from assigning IP addresses.

Pros and cons


  • Extends network range.
  • Improves network performance by distributing the workload.
  • Allows for flexible network expansion.


  • Can introduce latency and bottlenecks if not set up correctly.
  • Wireless daisy chaining may suffer from signal degradation and interference.