Setting up your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router to Bridge Mode is done for these purposes:
When your Internet Service Provider (ISP) requires it.
When you want to connect two (2) routers with the capability of sharing the network resources like file and printer sharing.
When you want to use the router as an additional access point on an existing network.
When you need to disable the router functionalities to work with third party devices.
When you need to solve Network Address Translation (NAT) issues. This happens when a modem-router encounters an IP address conflict with Linksys routers or experiences a strict NAT setting which is not ideal for online gaming.
While the router is set to Bridge Mode some of its features will be disabled. The router will not have the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server functionality the built-in firewall and NAT features will not take effect.
Before configuring your router to Bridge Mode make sure the following requirements are met:
You have a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router.
You have two (2) network cables: one (1) to connect from your computer to any of the Ethernet ports at the back of the Linksys router and the other is to connect the modem-router (gateway) to the Internet port of the Linksys router.
You have an active Internet connection with your existing modem-router (gateway).
NOTE: Contact your ISP for assistance on Internet connection issues when directly connected to the modem.
You have set up your Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router otherwise click any of the links below for instructions: