Solved how to put a linksys befw11s4 router into bridge mode

January 27, 2012 at 22:42:14
Specs: Windows XP
My ISP insists that in order for me to have a home network use their router/modem ("2-Wire") for internet access, I must make my own network router act as a bridge since their modem is acting as the router. I.e. she said put your router into bridge mode. I don't know how to do that and Linksys won't offer assistance.

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January 30, 2012 at 08:55:10
unfortunately the advice is missing major parts of the how to.

You connect to the modem /router and note your ip address subnet
You then connect to the linksys router.
You logon to the router and change the gateway ip to be a ip in the first routers subnet. Lets say router1 has 192.168.1.1 for gateway. You set the linksys to 192.168.1.2 so you can later admin it. You disable its dhcp server. Save the config and exit.
Next you connect the main router to the linksys using a crossover cable connecting lan port to lan port. Note: you do not use the linksys wan port.

Then connect wired to your linksys and you should get a ip from router1 with internet and lan access.

You may want to further config the linksys wireless. You would access the linksys by the ip you set for gateway.

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January 28, 2012 at 09:01:15
just the opposite.

You put the modem router into bridge mode so your router gets the public ip address. Your isp can do this for you [usually]

Otherwise you need to connect your router as a AP not as a router.

If you find a post by CurtR in this forum and click on his name he has the links for the how to.

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#2
January 28, 2012 at 12:48:38
If you only need more ports, then connect the Linksys as a switch.

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January 29, 2012 at 14:53:40
Thanks for the responses. However, the ISP's main concern is that I don't interfere with their own router operations. Their modem is actually a modem and a router, and it does both. So, my router just needs to be used as a dumb bridge (or switch) without any routing capabilities. It just needs to connect my network to their modem/router. I just need to know how to convert the Linksys to a bridge (or switch). If it can't be done on the Linksys, I also have a Netgear wnr834b v2 router. Any how-to's for either one, would be great.

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#4
January 29, 2012 at 17:03:12
To setup the linksys connect it only to your computer. Do not connect modem. Then go to the setup page and turn off dhcp. Check your manual.

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January 30, 2012 at 08:55:10
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unfortunately the advice is missing major parts of the how to.

You connect to the modem /router and note your ip address subnet
You then connect to the linksys router.
You logon to the router and change the gateway ip to be a ip in the first routers subnet. Lets say router1 has 192.168.1.1 for gateway. You set the linksys to 192.168.1.2 so you can later admin it. You disable its dhcp server. Save the config and exit.
Next you connect the main router to the linksys using a crossover cable connecting lan port to lan port. Note: you do not use the linksys wan port.

Then connect wired to your linksys and you should get a ip from router1 with internet and lan access.

You may want to further config the linksys wireless. You would access the linksys by the ip you set for gateway.

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February 5, 2012 at 19:35:50
wanderer and wizard-fred,
Thank you very much for you answers. As soon as I get out from under another obligation, I'll be trying out your instructions for my network. Your suggestions sure make a whole lot of sense. I'll get back to you soon about my results. Thanks.

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