How to Put a 2Wire Into Bridge Mode

By Techwalla Contributor

The 2wire modem is often bundled with AT&T Internet service, but this brand of modem is not always the best or preferred choice for a home network. Setting the modem to "bridge mode" will allow you to install a third-party router to handle the traffic on your network and the modem will simply function as a direct connection to the phone line. Setting up bridge mode on your 2wire modem is a straightforward task you can complete in a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • 2Wire or AT&T modem

Step 1

Open your Web browser and navigate to "192.168.1.254". A page with your modem's control panel will appear.

Step 2

Click on the "Home Network" tab in the upper section of the control panel.

Step 3

Click on the “Disable” button corresponding to the wireless connection on the right side of the Network Summary page.

Step 4

Click on the “Broadband” link and then click "Advanced Settings."

Step 5

Change the VPI setting to "0" and the VCI setting to "35".

Step 6

Click on "Disable PVC Search."

Step 7

Set the Connection Type to "Direct IP."

Step 8

Click "Submit/Save."

Step 9

Direct your browser to "192.168.1.254/management" or "gateway.2wire.net/mdc".

Step 10

Click on "Configure Services" under the Advanced heading.

Step 11

Uncheck the "Enable Routing" box.

Step 12

Click "Submit."

Tips & Warnings

  • Take note of your PPPoE username and password, as you will need this information to set up your third-party router.
  • Leave this window open on a browser tab before performing the steps described in this article, as you will loose your Internet connection until you’ve configured the router.
  • If anything goes wrong, you can always reset the router to factory defaults by holding the reset button on the back of the unit for approximately one minute.
  • If problems persist, call your Internet service provider's technical support number.
  • Your Internet connection will be lost until you have set up the third-party router.