Series 3: How to configure Wi-Fi Bridge
Products Supported: All Series 3 router models except AER2100, MBR95 and CTR35. Click here to identify your router.
Firmware Version: 5.3.0 - for information on upgrading firmware, click here.
Firmware version 6.0 has been released and introduces a vastly improved GUI for all current Series 3 routers. Cradlepoint has created new Knowledge Base articles with updated screen shots and instructions for the new GUI layout. As a result, this article has received its final update. To view the version of this Knowledge Base article for Firmware 6.0 and Later please click here.
This article describes how to configure the Wi-Fi Bridge feature of a capable Cradlepoint Router.
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 Difficulty: Intermediate
- Step 1: Log into the router's Setup Page. For help with logging in please click here.
- Step 2: Click on the Internet tab, then select WiFi was WAN / Bridge from the drop down menu.
- Step 3: Click on the drop down menu next to WiFi Client Mode and select Wireless Bridge.
- 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 box next to 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.
- Step 5: Click the Import button.
- Step 6: Within the Profile Editor window, enter the security key (or the WiFi password) needed to connect to this network, then click Submit.
- Note: Verify the authentication mode and WPA cipher are correct.
- Step 7: Verify the wireless network has correctly saved and is now listed within the Saved Profiles list.
- Step 8: Click the Network Settings tab, and select WiFi / Local Networks from the drop-down menu.
- Step 9: Select the Primary LAN by clicking the checkbox next to its name, then click the Edit button.
- 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.
- Step 11: Select the Interfaces tab.
- Click WiFi Bridge interface within the Available box to choose it.
- Click the [+] button to assign this interface to the Selected list.
- 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.
NOTE: If the IP address of this router was changed to a different subnet, 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.
After you have logged back into your router's administrative console, navigate back to Network Settings > WiFi / Local Networks. Notice in the Primary LAN data there is an Attached Interface called WiFi Bridge. Verify that the WiFi Bridge is connected, along with the signal of the connection between the two routers. Close your web browser at this time.
Published Date: 12/19/2014
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