How to Configure a Wireless Router As Bridge

By Greyson Ferguson

A wireless router is typically used to send out a wireless signal which will let other devices access the Internet. This is not a wireless router's only use though. It can also be modified for use as a bridge. A bridge is a device that brings together two or more different networks. When using a bridge, information can be passed between the two different networks.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless Router
  • DSL Modem
  • Ethernet Cables

Step 1

While the power is off on both the DSL modem and wireless router, plug an ethernet cable into the DSL modem and connect the other end of the cable into the "Internet" port of the wireless router. Take a separate ethernet cable and plug it into port "1" of the router, then plug the other end of the cable into the computer.

Step 2

Power on both the wireless router and DSL modem.

Step 3

On the computer connected to the wireless router, log on to a web browser. Type the IP address of the wireless router into the In the URL bar. This can be found either on the bottom side of the router or in the packaging the router came in. Hit "Enter" and the router setup site will load.

Step 4

Type in "admin" for both the username and password (this is the default settings). Once that has been completed, the configuration site will load. Navigate to where the IP address is listed (this will vary slightly from model to model). Change a few of the numbers of the IP address to any other numbers so it is no longer under the default settings.

Step 5

Disable both the "DNS" and "DNHP" servers as well as the firewall settings. The main server will provide all these, and if left on, the DNS, DNHP and firewall settings of the wireless router would conflict with the main server's settings.

Step 6

Delete all the information listed in "Port Forwarding," then click "Save Changes." Once the changes have completely been saved, shut down the router.

Step 7

Wait a few moments, then power the router back on. It will now perform as the bridge to the two networks.