Setting up your Linksys Smart WiFi router to Bridge Mode is done for these purposes:
- When your internet service provider (ISP) requires it.
- When you want to connect two routers with the capability of sharing network resources like file and printer sharing.
- When you want to use the router as an additional access point on an existing network.
- When you need to disable the router functionalities to work with third-party devices.
- When you need to solve Network Address Translation (NAT) issues. This happens when a modem-router encounters an IP address conflict with Linksys routers or experiences a strict NAT setting which is not ideal for online gaming.
While the router is set to Bridge Mode, some of its features will be disabled. The router will not have the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server functionality, the built-in firewall and NAT features will also be disabled.
Before configuring your router to Bridge Mode, make sure the following requirements are met:
- You have a Linksys Smart WiFi router.
- You have two ethernet cables.
- You have an active internet connection from your modem or modem-router (gateway).
- You have set up your Linksys Smart WiFi router, otherwise click on any of the links below for instructions:
Setting up the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router using the Smart Setup Wizard
Setting up your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router using an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®
QUICK TIP: Before setting up the router to Bridge Mode, it is recommended to create a backup file first so you can restore the previous settings in case the configuration fails. For steps on how to back up and restore the Linksys Smart WiFi router's settings using the local access interface, click here.
To set up the router to Bridge Mode, follow the steps below.
NOTE: Steps and options may vary depending on your router's model number.
Connect the first ethernet cable from your computer to any of the ethernet ports at the back of the Linksys router. Do not connect anything into the internet port for now.
Plug the supplied power adapter to an electrical outlet and into the Linksys router. Make sure that the router’s Power light is solid before proceeding to the next step.
QUICK TIP: Make sure that the power adapter is properly plugged in the router and to an available power outlet.
Launch a browser, enter your router’s default IP address which is "192.168.1.1", or type "https://myrouter.local" in the Address bar then press [Enter].
Enter the router's default password, which is admin, then click Sign in. If you have changed the password, use your password instead. In case you have forgotten your router password, click here to learn how to retrieve it.
Click on Connectivity.
Click the Internet Settings tab and click Edit.
From the drop-down menu, set the Connection Type to Bridge Mode.
Set the IP Address configuration for your router.
- Obtain an IPv4 address automatically (DHCP) – Select this if you want the modem-router (gateway) to provide the IP address for your Linksys router.
- Specify an IPv4 address – Select this if you want to use a fixed IP address for your Linksys router. To do so, enter your Internet IPv4 address, Subnet mask, Default gateway, and DNS settings. These are provided by your ISP and can be found on the modem-router (gateway) settings.
Click the button to save the changes.
On the Warning screen, click Yes then click Ok. The router will show that it is now set to Bridge Mode.
Connect one end of the second ethernet cable from the modem-router (gateway) to the internet port of the Linksys router.
Once your router detects that there is internet access, it will give you an Internet Restored prompt. Click Yes.
IMPORTANT: If the internet is not restored, powercycle the router for 30 seconds and reboot your computer.
You will be redirected to the LinksysSmartWiFi.com page. If you already created a Linksys cloud account, enter your login credentials in the Email Address and Password fields and click Log in.
QUICK TIP: If you do not have a Linksys cloud account, click on Create Account. For instructions on how to create, activate, and associate a Linksys cloud account, click here.
Once you have logged back to your router, you can now proceed with securing your WiFi. For instructions, click here.
Setting the router to Bridge Mode will disable its Guest Access feature. When cascading routers, specifically using LAN to LAN connection, setting the second router to Bridge Mode will disable access for guests. However, Guest Access is still permissible if the type of connection is LAN to WAN.