[Solved] "Bridge" two WiFi networks
Hi, I fear I know the answer to this question, but I am wondering whether there is any way to somehow link two separate wireless networks?
I am asking because I have had an Orbi system for a few years, but despite intense tweaking and troubleshooting the speed of the network has dropped dramatically. I have therefore just recently installed an Orbi 6 system in parallel (I know this is not recommended, but by using different channels there seems to be no interference and the Eero network is very fast). The two networks have different "third-position ip addresses" (192.168.1.n vs 192.168.4.n).
The only downside is that when keeping my phone/tablet on the Eero network and leaving my IoT devices on the Orbi network, there are some issues where I cannot access all devices/warnings about devices on different networks.
So my question is, is there any way to set up some conduit between these two networks in the house, so that devices see one another across the networks?
Sound like you have enabled the router function of your wireless base stations. If you put the wireless base stations in bridge mode, then all your devices will be in the same IP address block, so they will be able to communicate with each other.
As @cpragman says, you need to put one of the system into Bridge mode.
First the system connected directly to the broadband modem should be the router. The 2nd system plugged into the 1st system should be the one put into Bridge mode.
Sometimes the system you want to put into Bridge mode actually has a "Bridge" mode setting. Sometimes you are given the option to turn off DHCP (and/or NAT routing). If these are the options take these.
Then you will have a single subnet and all the devices will get their DHCP assigned addresses from the first system plugged into the broadband modem.
NOTE: If your broadband modem is also a WiFi router, then you should think about maybe turning of its WiFi so it is not interfering, and see if you can put it into bridge mode, so your first WiFi system is the router, or still turn off the broadband modem WiFi Router's WiFi, but if you are going to keep it as a router, then put both WiFi systems to Bridge mode, as in a home environment it is more or less best if you have a single router. There are exceptions to this rule, but generally that is a more complicated setup.
I reckoned that would be the advice, thank you for responding. However, my dilemma is:
- For the Orbi system, I have a rather complicated setup with many smart home devices with fixed ip addresses, port forwarding to my NAS, etc. that would be a lot of work to redo so I dare not put the Eero unit as the main base station (and connect the Orbi base station to this one in fear that it will mess up the Orbi settings).
- But the Orbi system has become so slow that I fear hooking the Eero up to the Orbi base station will give just as bad WiFi speed for the Eero network as the Orbi one. Or is it possible that only the wireless Orbi speed is bad and that a wired connection between the Orbi and Eero base stations will be faster?
I have a few thoughts.
Test the Ethernet performance of Orbi between 2 in house systems connected by Ethernet. See if it can carry the Ethernet load. If so, let it be the router, and put the eero in bridge mode.
If the Orbi does not cut it, then consider just making the eero the router, and keep the Orbi "JUST" for internet of things, and use the eero for all your computers, NAS, printer, etc...