How to Use a Wireless Router as a Bridge
- Wireless Router as a Bridge
Use Wireless Router as a Bridge
In a computer network, a bridge is a networking device that allows creating a single network by connecting different separate networks. Routers that have the capability to act as a bridge can be configured so that it will enable a router to establish connections with other routers and thereby expand the territory of the network. While setting up a wireless router as a bridge with another router, it acts as an access point to the primary router. Follow the below given how to use a wireless router as a bridge instructions to act router as bridge.
How To Setup A Router As A Bridge
Setting up a wireless router as a bridge connects two or more computer networks into a single network. In order to set up one of your wireless routers as a bridge, proceed with the how to use a wireless router as a bridge steps below.
To set up the router as a bridge, first check whether the router is capable of acting as a bridge. Mostly, all the modern-day routers have the functionality of Bridge mode. This functionality allows the router to act as a bridge by making the required settings in the router's web interface menu.
In case the router doesn't have the bridge mode, then still it can be set up as a bridge with the assistance of DD-WRT, which replaces the firmware of the router with bridging capability.
Now, open the web browser on your computer and navigate to your primary router's configuration page.
On the configuration page, make a note of the wireless settings of the primary router.
Then, connect the router you wish to use as a bridge with your computer.
On the web browser, open this bridge router's configuration page.
Navigate to the wireless settings page of the bridge router, choose the Bridge mode option, and enable it accordingly.
Also, edit the wireless mode and SSID values so that it matches those of the primary router.
Move on to the wireless security page of the bridge router and set the same values as that of the primary router's wireless security values.
If the firewall is enabled in the bridge router, then disable it, as the firewall may prevent the bridge router from communicating with the primary router.
Finally while using how to use a wireless router as a bridge procedure, change the IP address of the bridge router. Make sure that the default gateway of the bridging router is set to the IP address of the primary router.
Setup Linksys Router As A Bridge
The Linksys wireless router can be set up as a bridge with its Bridge Mode capability. But once the Bridge Mode is enabled in the Linksys router setup, it will not function as a router until it is configured to do so. Follow the how to use a wireless router as a bridge steps given below to make your Linksys router to function as a bridge.
Note:To setup Linksys router as a bridge, the Linksys Connect software feature won't work. In the router ha been configured using the Linksys Connect software, then it is recommended to reset your router to factory defaults by holding the Reset button for about 30 seconds.
Connect your bridge router to your computer by connecting the Ethernet ports.
Provide the power supply to the bridge router.
On your computer, open the web browser and then navigate to the router's web interface.
On the login page of the router's web interface, enter the default username and password of the router and click OK.
If you do not remember the username and password, refer to the routsetup Linksys router as a bridgeer's user manual.
Then, on the router's setup page, choose Internet Setup to setup Linksys router as a bridge.
Now, set the Internet Connection Type to Bridge Mode from the drop-down list.setup Linksys router as a bridge
The next step is to edit the network setup to setup Linksys router as a bridge. Set the Router Address to Specify an IP address.
For the Internet IPv4 Address, enter an IP address that is within the range of the primary router's IP address.
Set the Subnet Mask value same as that of the primary router.
In the Default Gateway field, enter the IP address of the primary router and then click on Save Settings.
Now, connect the bridge router with the primary router via the Internet port.
TP-Link Router Bridge Mode
To set up your Tp-link ADSL router in bridge mode, proceed with the below how to use a wireless router as a bridge instructions. These configuration instructions are applicable to the following Tp-link routers.
Connect your TP-link router to your desktop computer using Ethernet cable.
Connect one of the terminals of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port of the TP-link router and the other end to the Ethernet port of the computer for TP-link router bridge mode.
- Tp-Link router setup.
Open the web browser and enter the IP address of the tp-link router
It will prompt you for the username and password. Enter the default username and password and click OK.
When you see the TP-link web interface page, select the Quick Setup option on the left side.
When you see the ATM PVC Configuration page, enter the VPI and VCI accordingly in the appropriate fields. These values are provided by your ISP.
Click the Next button.
Now, in the Connection Type window, select Bridging and click on Next.
Once the how to use a wireless router as a bridge steps is complete, choose Save/Reboot the tp-link router.