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How to configure the Workgroup Bridge on your Linksys Wireless-AC Access Point

The Workgroup Bridge feature of your Linksys Wireless Access Point allows you to extend the accessibility of a remote network.  In the Workgroup Bridge Mode, the access point (AP) acts as a wireless station (STA) on the wireless LAN.  It can bridge traffic between a remote wired network and a wireless LAN.  When Workgroup Bridge is enabled, SSID configuration still works to provide wireless services to clients.
 
Below are the guidelines for Workgroup Bridge Mode:
  • Workgroup Bridge only supports IPv4 traffic.
  • Remote AP doesn’t need to use the same SSID.
  • The remote AP can be a common AP or wireless router.
  • Workgroup Bridge Mode only works with one (1) radio at a time.
  • When Workgroup Bridge is enabled, WDS will be disabled automatically on the same radio if it’s enabled.
  • VLAN feature must be disabled (supports only single VLAN)
  • Both access points in Workgroup Bridge Mode must use the same wireless settings:
  • Radio: Radio 1 (2.4 GHz) or Radio 2 (5 GHz)
  • IEEE 802.11 mode
  • Channel Bandwidth
  • Wireless Channel (Auto is not recommended)
  • Encryption settings
In this scenario, the main AP has been configured and working in the network that supports a Workgroup Bridge and you want to add a second AP in Workgroup Bridge Mode.
 

LAPAC2600/LAPAC1750
LAPAC1750PRO


LAPAC2600/LAPAC1750

 
Step 1:
Access your AP’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.
 

Step 2:
Select Configuration tab, click Wireless > Workgroup Bridge.

 
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Step 3:
Select the Radio of the main AP that you wish to use to create the Workgroup Bridge.

 
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Step 4:
On the Status section, check Enable.


 
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Step 5:
Click the Site Survey button and select the wireless network name (SSID) of your main AP.

 
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Step 6:
Select the Security Mode and enter the Pre-shared Key of your main AP.

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Step 7:
Click Save.
 
IMPORTANT:  If your AP is using its default IP Address 192.168.1.252, it temporarily cannot access the web-based setup page once you click Save.  Once both APs have been configured successfully as a Workgroup Bridge, the remote AP will now automatically obtain a new IP Address from your DHCP server.  To be able to access its web-based setup page, you need to check your router’s DHCP Client Table to know its new IP Address.
 
QUICK TIP:  You can check the status of your Workgroup Bridge on the Connection Status section.

 
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LAPAC1750PRO
 
Step 1:
Access your AP’s web-based setup page.  For instructions, click here.
 

Step 2:
Select the Configuration tab > Wireless > WorkGroup Bridge.

 
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Step 3:
On the Work Group Bridge Mode section, select Up.

 
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Step 4:
Select the Radio of the main AP that you wish to use to create the Workgroup Bridge.

 
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Step 5:
Under the Infrastructure Client Interface section, click the arrow icon to select the wireless network name (SSID) of your main AP.

 
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Step 6:
Select the Security type and enter the Key of your main AP.

 
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NOTE:  It may take a few seconds for the connection to be established, click the Refresh button.
 
QUICK TIP:  You can check the status of your Workgroup Bridge on the Connection Status section.  The status bar will show up as Associated or Connected once you have successfully configured it.



 

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