Help with Bridge Mode? Please
Ok so I have my Xfinity Modem/Router hardwired to a Netgear Nighthawk 1 upstairs then I hard wired that to another Netgear router 2 downstairs. I never had bridge mode on but everyone is saying I should to help with speeds so I put it on. Now I can connect to both but only router 2 has internet connection. Am I missing something here? The signal is not great upstairs that’s why I had the second one but it has no internet connection anymore. Please help I’ve tried everything.
Re: Help with Bridge Mode? Please
What do you mean by "bridge mode". That label gets attached to several different things.
With an Xfinity Modem/Router hardwired to a Netgear Nighthawk, then you may be referring to bridge mode on the modem/router. But that would probably disable the wifi from the modem/router.
Asa it is, you may have two routers on the network. That can cause headaches. For example, you can end up with local address problems. Among other things, the other router can misdirect addresses that the Netgear router usually handles, such as routerlogin.net or the usual IP address for a router, 192.168.1.1.
This explains some of the other drawbacks.
What is Double NAT? | Answer | NETGEAR Support
Unless you have specific reasons for using two routers – to create two separate networks for example – it is often easier to use just one router and then to set up the second router as a wifi access point. Netgear advises this, as does just about every site you will visit.
It may be possible to put the modem/router into modem only (bridge) mode and then to use the second device as the router. But some Internet service providers, such as BT in the UK, supply modem/routers that won't work in bridge mode. There may be ways to get the modem/router to cooperate, but sometimes it is easier to put the second router into AP mode. But that has its own drawbacks:
Disabled Features on the Router when set to AP Mode | Answer | NETGEAR Support
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