What is Bridge Mode on a Router? [DETAILED GUIDE]

So, you have stumbled upon the Bridge mode on your router settings, and wondering what exactly this function is used for? Well, you are not alone. A majority of people don’t know the bridging function of a router.

In this blog post, we have thoroughly explained the bridge mode on a router, and how you can use it. Without wasting any further time, let’s check out the details.

What is Bridging in a Router?

The Bride mode or Bridging on a network router allows you to connect two different wireless routers to perform as a single unit. Bridging mode converts the router from performing as NAT devices, instead, they perform as a DHCP server. Thus, eliminating the IP conflict between the two different routers.

What is Bridging Mode Used for?

People with big homes and workplaces always have router coverage issues, as the concrete walls block the router’s wireless signals. To overcome this issue, a majority of people use WIFI extenders and connect two different routers. Using WIFI extenders and connecting routers counters the coverage area issue.

But, the problem here is, when you move from the signal coverage area of one wireless router to another one, the WIFI-enabled device gets confused, and it does not connect to the strong coverage network automatically.

Enabling the bridging mode on the router connects two different routers by overriding the NAT status of the router, and converting it into a DHCP server.

In simple words, instead of two separate networks, there will only be a single wireless network. So, your mobile devices won’t have a hard time connecting to the right network with excellent signal strength.

Difference Between Bridge Mode and Router Mode

In the Bridemode, two different wireless routers are combined to create a single DHCP wireless server. On the other hand, in the case of the router mode, both the routers act as different router devices.

Benefits of Using the Bridge Mode

There are several advantages of using bridging mode on the router. Here are a few of the advantages that you will get by enabling bridging mode on the router.

  • A cost-Effective solution as compared to Mesh Network.
  • Increases Speed.
  • Increases Coverage
  • No Need to Switch Networks

How to Enable Bridging Mode on a Router?

Since you have gathered enough information about the birding mode on a router, you should now seek a way to enable the bridge mode on your router.

The process of enabling bridging mode varies from router to router. We have included the process of enabling bridging mode on different wireless routers here.

How to Enable Bridging Mode on Netgear Router

  • Firstly, connect your PC to the Netgear router, and then heed to the internet browser.
  • Type “net” in the address bar of the browser.
  • Go to the “Advanced Settings”, and then click on the “Wireless Settings”.
  • Click on the “Other Operating Mode”, and then finally click on the “Enable Bridging Mode”.

How to Enable Bridging Mode on Xfinity Router

  • Connect your PC to the Xfinity router.
  • Now, open the internet browser on your PC, and type “0.0.1”.
  • You will be asked for the username, and password now (username and password are written on the bottom of the Xfinity router).
  • Select the At a Glance menu on the left side of the dropdown menu.
  • Click on the Bridging Mode, and enable it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does Bridge Mode Disable Ethernet Ports?

Yes, the bridging mode on the router disables the ethernet ports. Although, some router brands have working ethernet ports on bridging mode, as well. However, the majority of the router brands disable the ethernet ports on the bridge mode.

Is Bridge Mode Safe?

Yes, the bridge mode is 100% safe, just like the normal mode on the router. Your privacy and data usage are encrypted, and not visible to anyone.

Is Bridge Mode Different From Router Mode?

Yes, the bride mode is different from the router mode, as in the bridge mode both the routers are combined to create a single entity. On the other hand, the router mode creates two different IP addresses for the router to connect.

How to Disable Bridge Mode on Xfinity Modem?

  • Connect your computer device with the Xfinity router.
  • Now go to the internet browser, and type “0.0.1”.
  • Enter the username and the password.
  • Select the Gateway, and then at a Glance option.
  • Click on the Bridge Mode, and Disable it.

How to Umbridge Router?

The bridging and bridging setup depends upon the type of router you are using. Here is how you can un-bridge a Netgear router.

  • First of all, connect your PC to the Netgear router.
  • Then, go to the address bar of the internet browser, and type “net”.
  • Now go to the Advanced Settings>Wireless Settings>Other Operating Mode.
  • And, then finally click on the “Disable Bridging Mode” button.

Conclusion

The majority of people don’t know the usage of the bridging mode on a wireless router.

In this blog post, we have thoroughly explained the function of the bridging mode, its uses, the pros & cons of the bridging mode on a router, and how you can enable it on your router. If you still have any confusion about router bridging, feel free to ask us in the discussion section below.

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