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Windows 7: TIP: How to connect to a bridge modem behind router in 2 minutes flat

23 Dec 2012   #1

win7 64 bit
TIP: How to connect to a bridge modem behind router in 2 minutes flat

Lots of internet questions on this - and no simple answers anywhere.

However, there is a very easy workaround I stumbled upon, and will post here and a couple of other places in the hope it may help others.

This solution here is specific for Netgear modems, but can easily be adapted to (almost all) other modems.
[NOTE: Your modem MUST have WIRELESS ON for this to work.]

Problem: You have a modem set in "bridge mode" behind your internet router. You used to be able to access the modem's internet menu - but alas cannot get into the modem's menu after setting the modem in bridge mode.

1) connect your modem to your router with an Ethernet cable
2) connect your pc to the modem with an Ethernet cable
2a) (not essential and may be skipped) test your connection: You should now have internet access and be able to reach your router's (but not your modem's!) menu by typing the internet address of your router into your browser's address field. For Netgear that is always If you cannot do this - you have another problem and need to look elsewhere.
3) take a wireless device (smart phone, ipad, etc.), use a browser and type in Netgear's default address for bridge mode menu access: - Voila! The menu is back again! [Other makers may have their own bridge mode address that you may have to seek out on the net or through their support pages, but this address is used a lot.]


Other thoughts: Why the address does not work through a wired connection is beyond me as my Netgear CG3000 menu says that I can access the modem menu through this address (the fly trap that got me into a lot of trouble when this turned out not to be possible...). I can only see that lots of other people are having exactly the same problem. Also, a hard reset did not turn off the bridge mode - so I was really stuck - go figure.

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 TIP: How to connect to a bridge modem behind router in 2 minutes flat

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