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Setting up your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router to Bridge Mode using your Linksys server account

Setting up your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi 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 be disabled.

Before configuring your router to Bridge Mode, make sure the following requirements are met:

  • You have a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router.
  • You have two ethernet cables:  One to connect from your computer to any of the ethernet ports at the back of the Linksys router and the other to connect the modem-router (gateway) to the internet port of the Linksys router.
  •  You have an active internet connection with your existing modem-router (gateway).

NOTE:  Contact your ISP for assistance on internet connection issues when directly connected to the modem.

  • You have set up your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router, otherwise click on any of the links below for instructions:


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 Wi-Fi Router's settings using the local access interface, click here.

To set up the router to Bridge Mode, follow the steps below.

Step 1:
Connect an 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.


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Step 2:
Plug the supplied power adapter to an electrical outlet and into the Linksys router.


IMPORTANT:  Make sure that the router’s Power light is solid before proceeding to the next step.

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QUICK TIP:  Make sure that the power adapter is properly plugged in the router and to an available power outlet.

Step 3:
Launch your web browser and enter the router's IP address or “myrouter.local” in the Address bar then press [Enter] on your keyboard.

NOTE: is the router's default IP address.


Step 4:
Enter the router's administrative password (default is admin) and click Sign in.


QUICK TIP:  If you have changed your router's admin password, enter the new password instead.  In case you have forgotten your router password, click here to learn how to retrieve it.

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Step 5:
Click Connectivity.


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Step 6:
Click the Internet Settings tab and click Edit.


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Step 7:
From the drop-down menu, set the Connection Type to Bridge Mode.


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Step 8:
Set the IP Address configuration for your router.


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  • Obtain an IPv4 address automatically – 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 the information for your Internet IPv4 address, Subnet mask, Default gateway, and DNS entries.  This information is provided by your ISP and can be found on the modem-router (gateway) settings.

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Step 9:
Click the User-added image button to save the changes.


Step 10:
On the Warning screen, click Yes.  Then, y
our router will show that it is now set to Bridge Mode.

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Step 11:
Connect the modem-router (gateway) to the internet port of the Linksys router.


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Step 12:
Once your router detects that there is internet access, it will give you an Internet Restored prompt.  Click Yes.


IMPORTANT:  If you do not have internet access after connecting the modem-router (gateway) to the Linksys router, powercycle the router for 30 seconds and reboot your computer.

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Step 13:
You will be redirected to the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Sign In page.  If you already created a Linksys server 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 server account, click on Create Account.  For instructions on how to create, activate, and associate a Linksys server account, click here.

Once you have logged back in to your router, you can now proceed with securing your Wi-Fi.  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 would not allow access for guests.  However, Guest Access is still permissible if the type of connection is LAN to WAN.  For more information about cascading routers, click

Utilizing your network

After setting your router to Bridge Mode, you can configure your Windows® devices for File and Printer Sharing.  This is a feature that allows all computers in the network to send print jobs to a printer or share files to other computers.  For more information about this feature, click here.

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