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NCOS: How to configure Wi-Fi Bridge

Products Supported: MBR1400v2, MBR1400, MBR1200B, IBR1100, and IBR600. Click here to identify your router.

NCOS Version: 6.x.x - for information on upgrading NCOS Versions, click here.


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Summary

This article describes how to configure the Wi-Fi Bridge feature of a capable Cradlepoint Router on NetCloud OS v6.0 or newer.

The WiFi Bridge feature allows you to establish a wireless link between two routers, putting them both on the same IP network. In this example, a WiFi Bridge is established between two Cradlepoint Routers, but the configuration can be applied to a non-Cradlepoint wireless router and a Cradlepoint that is establishing the connection. Note: When the Cradlepoint router is in WiFi Bridge mode with a configured profile, a WiFi Bridge "device" will be added to its local network interfaces.


Configuration

Configuration Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Step 1: Log into the router's NCOS Page. For help with logging in please click here.
  • Step 2: Click on the Networking tab, then select WiFi as WAN or Bridge from the sub-menu.

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  • Step 3: Click on the drop down menu under WiFi Client Mode and select Wireless Bridge. Then press the Save button.

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  • Step 4: Scroll down to the Site Survey section, and locate the wireless network you wish to join. Make sure to check the BSSID to verify this is not a different network that only happens to have the same name. Click the the network name to select it.
    • Note: If you do not see any networks listed, click the Refresh button. If still nothing appears, verify your routers WiFi radio is enabled, or try using a different web browser.

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  • Step 5: Click the Import button.

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  • Step 6: Within the Edit or Add Profile window, enter the security key (or the WiFi password) needed to connect to this network, then click Save.
    • Note: Verify the authentication mode and WPA cipher are correct.

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  • Step 7: Verify the wireless network has correctly saved and is now listed within the Saved Profiles list.

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  • Step 8: Under the Networking tab, click Local Networks and then select Local IP Networks from the sub-menu.

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  • Step 9: Select the Primary LAN by clicking the checkbox next to its name, then click the Edit button.

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  • Step 10: Within the Local Network Editor window, click on the IPv4 Settings tab.
    • Change the IP Address to be within the same subnet as the other bridge device, but with a different last octet.
      • For example: If the other router's IP address is 192.168.0.1/24, we would want to change this router's IP to 192.168.0.2/24.
    • Click the drop-down arrow next to IPv4 Routing Mode and select Standard.
    • Do NOT submit these settings yet.

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  • Step 11: Select the Interfaces tab.
    • Click WiFi Bridge interface within the Available Interfaces box to choose it.
    • Click the [>] button to assign this interface to the Selected Interfaces list.

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  • Step 12: Click the IPv4 DHCP tab.
    • Disable the DHCP server by unchecking the box next to DHCP Server.
  • Step 13: Click Submit to apply the changes.

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NOTE: If the IP address of this router was changed, you will temporarily lose access to its administrative console. Make sure enter the router's new IP address in your web browser if you are accessing it locally, and renew your PC's lease if necessary.


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Published Date: 07/14/2017

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