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Wireless Ethernet Bridge Mode

Wireless Ethernet Bridge is an easy way to expand your network without the need to run a long Ethernet cable between your devices. Wireless Ethernet Bridge is not available for all routers supporting FreshTomato, but there's Media Bridge that can serve as an alternative.1)

While it is not recommended to use Virtual Wireless interface along side the physical interface set to Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode, it might still work whereas it is not possible in Media Bridge mode. An other important point is that some routers can't handle IPv6 traffic while in Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode.2)

For a practical purpose for this guide, let's call the network you want to expand the network of the primary router and let's call the router in Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode the secondary router. Also, for the purpose of this guide, let's use 192.168.1.1 as the primary router IP address and 192.168.1.2 for the secondary router.


To set a Wireless Ethernet Bridge, follow these steps:

  1. All the steps are to be done on the secondary router, which is the router you want to use in Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode. First, set your computer to use a static IP address in the same subnet as the secondary router (e.g., 192.168.1.33)
  2. Navigate to Basic > Network, then in the IP Address box of the LAN section, give the router an unused IP address in the same subnet as the primary router but outside of the DHCP range of your network. For this guide, we will use 192.168.1.2. Then, uncheck the DHCP checkbox and click OK. Then save your settings!
  3. Now you will need to use 192.168.1.2 to access the secondary router. Navigate back to Basic > Network and set the settings of the interface that match the primary router Wifi network you want to bridge (i.e., 2.4GHz or 5GHz) with:
    • Wireless Mode: Wireless Ethernet Bridge
    • Wireless Network Mode: Auto
    • SSID: WlanSSID_you_want_to_connect_to (i.e., the primary router Wifi SSID)
    • Channel: Auto or must match the primary router setting
    • Channel Width: Must match the primary router setting
    • Control Sideband: Must match the primary router setting
    • Security: Must match the primary router setting (usually WPA2 Personal)
    • Encryption: Must match the primary router setting (usually AES)
    • Shared Key: WlanPassword_you_want_to_connect_to (i.e., the passphrase of the primary router Wifi)
    • Group Key Renewal: Must match the primary router setting (usually 3600 seconds)
  4. Save your settings! Then, still in Basic > Network, in the LAN section set:
    • Default Gateway: Must be the primary router IP address, for this guide let use 192.168.1.1
    • Static DNS: Can be the primary router IP address, for this guide let use 192.168.1.1
    • Starting with release 2022.6 the FT user can select the option “Automatic IP” and your router will obtain IP/Gateway/DNS via DHCP (if possible)
  5. Save one last time and you're done! You should now have a working Wireless Ethernet Bridge! Don't forget to set your computer back to it's previous network settings.
1)
Support for Media Bridge mode is available starting with release 2021.6.
  • MB mode will work with SDK7 ARM routers like the AC3200 / R8000 (Wireless Ethernet Bridge is not working/not possible).
  • MB mode will work with SDK6 MIPS routers like the Asus RT-AC66U, D‑Link DIR‑865L, (Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode is not working/not possible).
  • MB mode will work with SDK6 arm routers like Asus RT-AC68U, Netgear R7000. (Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode is also possible).
2)
Wireless Ethernet Bridge allows only IPv4, except for SDK6 ARM dual-core routers will allow IPv6.
wireless_ethernet_bridge.txt · Last modified: 2022/09/07 09:39 by m_ars