Mar 312013

The R36 DSL mode wanted to deal with authentication and IP which is already done by the DSL modem. The R36’s Bridge mode is the solution.  How to setup the R36 in bridge mode:

  1. Power up the R36 with Ethernet and USB ports not connected to anything.
  2. Power up your laptop. Make sure the built in wifi is NOT connected to anything and your ethernet port is NOT connected to anything.
  3. Connect an Ethernet cable between the R36 LAN port and your computer’s Ethernet port.
  4. Open your browser and type in the RJ36 IP address (
  5. When the R36 setup page shows up:
  6. Click on Easy Setup.
  7. Click on Bridge
  8. Change the SSID name from ALFA-AP to the name of your choice.
  9. If desired, set up a password.
  10. Click Done and wait for the changes to take effect.
  11. Remove the Ethernet cable from the R36 and your computer.
  12. Connect an Ethernet cable from one of the DSL modem Ethernet ports to the R36 WAN port.  The R36 LAN and USB ports will now have nothing connected to them.
  13. The R36 is now ready to use in Bridge mode.
  14. Using your computer’s wifi, connect to the R36 signal.
  15. Verify you are connected to the Internet.

NOTE in this mode you will no longer be able to access the R36 status page via your browser.  You cannot even access the page through Ethernet to the R36 LAN port!!!

The only way you can now access the R36 is by activating the reset button on the bottom of the R36 and then starting the setup all over again!

NOTES:  DSL modems (from your DSL provider) take care of user and password authentication and IP address assignment by DHCP from your DSL/internet provider.  DSL modems often have an included Ethernet bridge of four RJ-45 outputs (for example, the ZOOM modem from AT&T).

In bridge mode, the R36 is like an AP on the same subnet as the DSL modem’s LAN ports.

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