Client Bridged

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This mode is NOT for WIRED connections between two routers! It is a wireless connection between two routers only. All devices other than the primary router MUST be connected by a wire to the client bridge router.

First of all, do not even try to do client bridge with dd-wrt SP1. It won't work. Also if you can't get Client Bridged to work on your hardware then try Client Mode instead.

Also note that in newer dd-wrt versions on newer hardware e.g. MIMO radios, Client Bridged no longer exists in the list of operating modes and you should use Repeater_Bridge - which gives you a bridge to both wired clients and a 2nd AP extended to potentially more wireless clients, all of which will be bridged through the Repeater Bridge device. If you have older firmware with Client Bridge mode then read on...

The router that you are trying to connect to is the primary router. The router you are configuring is the client bridge(CB) router. You don't need to worry about the primary router as long as you set your CB to the SAME subnet. What this means is, if the primary router has an IP of 192.168.A.X, you need to set the CB router to an IP of 192.168.A.Z. Most primary routers will be at So, when you are configuring your CB router, set it to

With that in mind, here is how to configure it.

  1. Download a recommended build for your router. DO NOT USE SP1. If you are using a broadcom router, read the peacock thread prior to starting. Use one of those recommended builds.
  2. Do a HARD reset on your router.
  3. Connect a cable from your computer to the LAN port on your router.
  4. Set your computer to a static IP address of
  5. Set your browser to and open the dd-wrt webgui.
  6. You should be asked to change your password and username. Carefully type these in. If you aren't asked for a password and username, do a hard reset, this time doing it properly! Hit change password.
  7. Go FIRST to wireless, wireless security and enter the security type and key that matches your primary router.
  8. Hit SAVE, (or APPLY if you wish to)
  9. Go to the wireless, basic settings page and change the wireless mode to Client Bridge.
  10. Your wireless network mode, channel and encryption should be set to the same as the primary router.
  11. If you are using N only or Mixed with N, set your wireless channel width to match your primary
  12. Set the wireless network name to exactly the same as your primary router. Make sure spelling and capitalization match.
  13. Hit SAVE at the bottom. Then hit APPLY.
  14. Check to make sure all the configurations, including the mode, saved and the mode is still client bridge. If any changed, fix them, and save again.
  15. Goto Setup, basic setup and enter a router Local IP address of (Presuming your primary router is on the 192.168.1.x subnet. Client bridge must match the subent of the primary router) Leave subnet mask at
  16. Set the Gateway IP to your primary router. (Likely
  17. Leave Local DNS blank (Some posts say you need to set local DNS to the same as the gateway IP so if you cannot access the internet, put the gateway in this section)
  18. Check Assign Wan port to a switch, if you wish to.
  19. Change your timezone and DST to match where you are.
  20. Hit Apply.
  21. Set your browser to (or 192.168.A.6 with A=0 or whatever, if your subnet is different) and login to your router
  22. Goto Security, Firewall. Under Block Wan Requests, uncheck everything but "Filter Multicast" (Leave Filter multicast checked).
  23. Hit Save
  24. Disable SPI Firewall
  25. Hit Apply.
  26. Go to setup/advanced routing and change the operating mode from "gateway" to router. Hit Apply.
  27. Set your computer back to auto IP and auto DNS.

You are done. Configure any other settings you wish at this point.

If you have any difficulty setting this up, disable all encryption on all devices, do a hard reset on the client bridge router, and start again. If it works without encryption, check your encryption passphrase and types match.

Video Instructions

There are errors in this video especially as related to security settings and the use of the 'join' button. It should not be used in substitution of the better instructions above.

[edit] Reference

  • The previous version of this page remains for reference at Wireless_Bridge