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Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Brenkj
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Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

I just got my new Orbi RBK50, and I'm getting ready to install it.   I've found instructions online for how to put my ATT-provided modem into "bridge mode", so that the Orbi will be the only device broadcasting a wifi signal.    Should I do that before or after I install the Orbi?

 

Thanks.

Model: RBK50| Orbi AC3000 High-Performance Tri-Band WiFi System
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ekhalil
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Please do it before you start the Orbi setup.

Good luck! 🙂

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CrimpOn
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation


@Brenkj wrote:

I just got my new Orbi RBK50, and I'm getting ready to install it.   I've found instructions online for how to put my ATT-provided modem into "bridge mode", so that the Orbi will be the only device broadcasting a wifi signal.    Should I do that before or after I install the Orbi?

 

Thanks.


Yes, before setting up the Orbi.  There is a difference between the ATT modem "mode" and the ATT modem WiFi radios being on.  It can be a router, but not provide WiFi.  Most Orbi users prefer to do what you are doing: ATT in bridge mode, ATT radios off.

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Chuck_M
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Do that before installing.


And to be precise, you have a modem/router combination.   

 

Bridging it will turn off the router functions and pass through to the Orbi to handle routing.

 

Bridge it

Power off

Connect Orbi

Power on Modem, Orbi and PC

Set up (hard wired ethernet if possible)

Enjoy

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Brenkj
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Thanks for the responses. I did all those steps, in that order, but the Orbi app is saying there is no internet connection, and that an Ethernet cable cannot be detected. Any advice?
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FURRYe38
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Try setting up the Orbi first with a PC or laptop thats connected to the Orbi router. 


@Brenkj wrote:
Thanks for the responses. I did all those steps, in that order, but the Orbi app is saying there is no internet connection, and that an Ethernet cable cannot be detected. Any advice?

 

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CrimpOn
Guru

Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Is the Orbi connected to the ISP modem using an Ethernet cable from the WAN (Yellow) Ethernet plug on the Orbi to "Port 1" on the ISP modem?  If it is, then I would first try a different Ethernet cable.

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ekhalil
Master

Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation


@Brenkj wrote:
Thanks for the responses. I did all those steps, in that order, but the Orbi app is saying there is no internet connection, and that an Ethernet cable cannot be detected. Any advice?

Can it be a bad cable that connected between Orbi and the ATT router? Is the cable connected to the yellow WAN port in the Orbi router?

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ekhalil
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

@CrimpOn 🙂 🙂

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Brenkj
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Okay, will do. Where should the cable be connected on the modem? I have 4 ports marked “Ethernet,” and one marked “DSL Broadband,” but the cable included with the Orbi doesn’t fit in that one port. Thanks
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ekhalil
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation


@Brenkj wrote:
Okay, will do. Where should the cable be connected on the modem? I have 4 ports marked “Ethernet,” and one marked “DSL Broadband,” but the cable included with the Orbi doesn’t fit in that one port. Thanks

It should go to one of the 4 "Ethernet" or LAN ports on the modem. Since the modem is bridged please try the one marked 1 first.

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Brenkj
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

I tried 2 different cables, including the one that was working with my Apple router as of today, so I don’t think the cable is the problem.
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ekhalil
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation


@Brenkj wrote:
I tried 2 different cables, including the one that was working with my Apple router as of today, so I don’t think the cable is the problem.

- Are you connecting the cable in the modem to the port marked as number 1? Have you tried the other 3 ports as well?

- If you disconnect Orbi and connect the other end of the cable from the modem to a PC, will it get internet access?

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Brenkj
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Well, now it’s showing cable connected and internet detected. But when I try to finish configuration, I keep getting a configuration error.
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Chuck_M
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Re: Putting Modem in Bridge Mode for Orbi Installation

Have you restarted your modem recently?  Might be useful to reboot modem and router and see if that helps.

 

Takes a few minutes to reboot... do the modem first.

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