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Bridging Problem

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Last response: in Networking
May 25, 2010 2:31:48 AM


I'm trying to bridge two routers.

SMC - SMCWBR14S-N4 (slave)
Linksys - WRT54G (master)

1. I set the slave router to operate in bridge mode.
2. Gave it an IP in the same subnet as master, not in DHCP range. (
3. Set default gateway to master router IP. (
4. Disabled DHCP.
5. Set wireless security settings to match master.

The problem I'm having is the routers are communicating but the master assigns an IP in its DHCP range to the slave. I see the slave show up in the master DHCP client table. I'm not expecting to see this, I'm expecting to see clients connected to the slave LAN ports show in the master DHCP client table. In my case I have a Directv HD box and a Sharp BD player connected to the LAN ports of the slave. I expect the master to provide IP's to them but that's not happening. Any suggestions?

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May 25, 2010 11:45:53 AM

I looked at the manual for the SMCWBR14S and I don't see where it will works as a wireless bridge.
May 26, 2010 12:43:43 AM

Hey Grumpy and thanks for responding. The router is supposed to work as a wireless bridge. Here's an abbreviated config.

System Info
Firmware Version (Sep 18 2009)
System Time Tue, 25 May 2010 20:39:44
Operation Mode Bridge Mode
Internet Configurations
Connected Type STATIC
WAN IP Address
Subnet Mask
Default Gateway
Primary Domain Name Server
Secondary Domain Name Server
MAC Address 00:22:2D:83:ED:F5
LAN Configurations
LAN IP Address
LAN Netmask
MAC Address 00:22:2D:83:ED:F5