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How to Connect Router to Modem Wirelessly?

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Do you want your router to be connected wirelessly to the modem. This article will help you if the answer is yes. This article will help you to understand why, when and how to connect your router with your modem.

Can I wirelessly connect any modem with any router?

No, you can’t. A modem with built in Wi Fi router is required. A gateway is required. If your modem doesn’t have Wi Fi built in, you can’t connect it to the router. An Ethernet cable is sufficient to connect your modem to the router if it doesn’t have WiFi built-in.

Why would I want my router to be connected to my modem’s?

If your modem already supports Wi-Fi, you don’t need a second Wi-Fi router. It’s obvious that you are unhappy with the performance of your router’s built-in Wi-Fi. You can improve Wi-Fi coverage by connecting a router wirelessly from your modem to extend your signal.

This can be done even if your router does not support repeater mode. However, you will need to manually adjust some router settings. You’re effectively connecting two wireless routers with no cables in either case (or, to be more specific, one Wi-Fi router and the router portion of your gateway).

If you don’t have an older router you can use to extend your Wi-Fi network, it might be cheaper to purchase a simple Wi Fi repeater/extender instead.

How to connect a router to a modem wirelessly – Step by step instructions

We’ll show you how to wirelessly connect your modem with a router supporting Repeater/Extender and how to connect it to a router without Repeater but that supports WDS Bridging (which is very similar to the Repeater but not the same thing).

Connecting a Router using a Dedicated Repeater/Extender mode

You can connect your computer to the router either wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable. Open the browser, and enter the default IP for your router. Log in with your Administrator credentials.

Click on Operation Mode to find the option. Choose Repeater, or Extender, from the list. Your router will restart. You will need to make a few changes after it restarts.

You must change the IP address of your router if it has the same IP address that your gateway. So, if your gateway’s default IP is, change the default IP of your router to If your router’s default IP is not on the same subnet, change it so that it’s on the same subnet as your gateway’s default IP (if it’s something like, change it to

Note: If you don’t know your gateway’s default IP, read This guide.

After the router reboots, you will have to open the router’s setting once again, but this time, you will use your new default IP (

You will now need to locate the network to be replicated. You can find the Wireless Settings setting called Connect to Network, Search for Networks or something similar. Connect to your network by scanning for available networks. You will need to enter the Wi-Fi password for your gateway in order to connect.

Your router will begin repeating signals from your gateway once you have connected. Most likely, your router will share the same SSID as your gateway. This will mean that you will only see one network name when searching for networks using your phone, tablet, or PC.).

To see your router Wi Fi and your gateway Wi Fi, you will need to access your router settings. Open Wireless Settings and look for your router’s Wi-Fi network name and password.

Change the name, or both the name and the password. When you save the settings and log out, you will see two separate networks – your gateway’s network and your router’s (repeater’s) network.

How to Use a TP Link Router As a Repeater

WDS Bridging is used to connect routers

We will be using the TP Link TL WR84ON router with ZTE F609 modem to show you how it works. Be sure to follow the instructions.

  • Before you move on to the next step, reset your router. The process is simple. The procedure is very simple: Find the reset button and press it with a paperclip or other sharp object. Hold it for approximately 10 seconds before releasing it.
  • You can connect your laptop to router wirelessly or by Ethernet cable
  • Use the Internet browser to access this site.
  • Enter the default IP address for the router in the browser. In our case, it’s
  • Use the default username (admin), and password (admin) to log into your router. We must change the default IP address from, to This is the most important thing we should do. The reason why we have to do this is that our modem’s (or rather gateway’s) default IP is Both the router and modem must have different default IPs. However, they must be part of the same subnet. So, if your modem’s IP is, then your router’s default IP must be some other 192.168.1.x address (but it can’t be,, or
  • After you log in to the router using the menu on your left, click the Network tab. Then, use the drop-down menu below to select LAN. Change the IP address from into Click Save, then click OK.
  • After the router restarts, you will be logged off.
  • You will now need to log in to the router with the new IP address. In your Internet browser, enter and log in with the default username (admin), and default password (admin).
  • Click on Wireless in the menu. Then, click on Enable WDS Bridging. Click on the Survey button to open it.
  • Below AP List, you’ll see a new window that shows the table with the network names. Find your modem’s Wi-Fi network and click on Connect.
  • In the window that opens, enter your modem’s password. Next, click Save and then OK.
  • Save again
  • Before you use your router, be sure to turn off the DHCP server. Now you have two DHCP servers running on your network (your modem’s and your router’s DHCP server), and you don’t need that. In fact, you don’t want that because it can cause issues (IP address conflict). Go to your router’s settings. Choose DHCP, then DHCP settings from the menu. Finally, you can disable the DHCP service.
  • Once we have made the necessary adjustments, you can use your router. In WDS bridge mode, you will have to change your router’s Wi-Fi channel so that it matches your modem’s Wi-Fi channel. In other words, you have to change the Wi-Fi channel on both devices (it can’t be set to Auto when using WDS bridging). The top 2.4GHz channels are 1, 6 and 11.
  • Log out. Now your router is connected wirelessly to your modem.

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