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Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

ikao
Novice

Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

I have a Trendnet TEW-680MB wireless bridge. It worked fine with 3 other wireless router/AP including Airport Express/Trendnet TEW-692GR and Actiontec GT701-WG.

I got an R8000 with the latest release firmware, but the bridge can't get an IP address from R8000 even R8000's connected device list showing the bridge is connected over either 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless signal.

Is this a known problem of R8000?
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raven_au
Virtuoso

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

I had a problem with connecting over 5Ghz wireless when using bridge mode to the R8000. It was recommended I remove all non-alphanumeric characters from the wireless pass phrase and that worked. However, I didn't have the same problem with the 2.4Ghz wireless.
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Fairytail
Virtuoso

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

Please create a ticket to report this issue for R8000.

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Leeman1
Aspirant

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

I have 3 R7000's bridged to a R8000 over 5Ghz and it was easy to set up and works great. Latest firmware on all routers.
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ikao
Novice

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

Latest firmware update suggested by L2 Netgear support fixed the issue with my wireless bridge. V1.0.1.16_1.0.74
Message 5 of 12
ikao
Novice

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

As Netgear's L2 tech support suggested, the newer firmware fixed the issue. V1.0.1.16_1.0.74
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ikao
Novice

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

With the latest firmware of R8000, the devices behind the wireless bridge only can lease an IP from R8000 for the first time the bridge connected to R8000. Afterward, when device got powered down and back up, devices behind the wireless bridge can't obtain IP address even R8000 still sees the wireless bridge fine.

This does not happens with the same bridge to other wireless AP/routers. Is this on the list of to be fixed for the next firmware release?
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Leeman1
Aspirant

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

ikao, To set up a R7000 and bridge it to a R8000 only requires configuring the R7000 - there is nothing to configure, change or set on the R8000. I have 3 R7000's bridged at 5 Ghz to my R8000 main router and they have been running great for over 6 months. The bridged R7000 are basically expensive ($200) network adapters. Yes, the R8000 currently cannot be set as a bridge to a main router but I hear the latest firmware corrects that - then you would have a really, really, really expensive ($300) network adapter.
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ikao
Novice

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

My setup is using R8000 as the wireless router and TEW-680MB as the wireless bridge.

After some experiment, I can put an separate AP behind R8000 for TEW-680MB to connect and all devices behind TEW-680MB can obtain IP lease after power cycling. Only when TEW-680MB connected directly to R8000, devices can't obtain IP lease after power cycling.
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Fairytail
Virtuoso

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

Is the TEW-680MB works on a different router aside from the AP? Have you tried to use a different bridge device to connect to R8000 if that works fine? Make sure that the location of the brigde has a good signal strength. To isolate it as well, try to configure the bridge when is close to the R8000.
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ikao
Novice

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

As I mentioned at beginning of this thread, I have been able to use my TEW-680MB with different wireless routers and APs in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands fine. Problem of getting an IP lease after power cycling only shows when connecting with R8000 directly (R8000 is the only DHCP server for the LAN).

I don't have other wireless bridges to try.
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ikao
Novice

Re: Wireless bridge does not work with R8000

Currently working around the problem by putting another AP behind R8000 serving different 5GHz bands without DHCP and NAT so devices behind my TEW-680 bridge are connect to the AP while still getting IP addresses from R8000. In this case, All device behind my TEW-680 bridge are working fine.

So the problem is on R8000.
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