A network bridge is a computer networking device that creates a single, aggregate network from multiple communication networks or network segments. This function is called network bridging. Bridging is distinct from routing

Uses of network Bridges

Bridges connects two or more different LANs that has a similar protocol and provides communication between the devices (nodes) in them. By joining multiple LANs, bridges help in multiplying the network capacity of a single LAN. Since they operate at data link layer, they transmit data as data frames

Network Bridge mode lets you connect two routers without the risk of performance issues. Bridge mode is the configuration that disables the NAT feature on the modem and allows a router to function as a DHCP server without an IP Address conflict. … Bridge mode fixes this by letting multiple routers share one single Wi-Fi network.

How do I setup a network bridge?

Go to “Change adapter settings” on the left pane on the host machine. Two or more connections should show up. Highlight both Local Area Connection and Wireless Network Connection. Right click one of the icons you highlighted and an options menu should come up with only “Bridge Connection”.

How to create a Network Bridge on Windows 10

  1. Use the Windows key + X to open the Power User menu and select Network Connections.
  2. Select both, the network adapter that connects to the internet and the adapter you want to use in the bridge connection.
  3. Right-click the selection and click Bridge Connections.

At this point, the device connected to the bridge port should have access to the network and internet with the IP address information coming from the router, but the computer hosting the bridge won’t be able to access the internet unless you have a third network adapter that is also connected to the network or a static IP address .

How to regain internet access after setting up a bridge connection

To regain access to the internet from the host computer do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + X to open the Power User menu and select Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the bridge adapter and select Properties.
  3. Select the network adapter that connects to the internet.
  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  5. Click Properties.
  6. Select the Use the following IP address option.
  7. Use the IP address information you collected at the beginning of this guide to assign a static IP address like is shown in the screenshot below.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Close to complete the task.

How to add more network adapters to a bridge connection

You’re not limited only to offer bridge connectivity to a single network adapter. At any time, you can add multiple adapters.

  1. Right-click the network adapter and select Add to Bridge.
  2. Connect a game console or another computer and the device will automatically acquire the network settings from the local router.

How to remove a bridge connection from your computer

When you no longer need a bridge connection, select one or all the participating network adapters, and select Remove from Bridge.

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At this point, the bridge adapter should disappear from Network Connections, but if it doesn’t, simply reboot your computer.

The last thing left to do is to remove the IP address static settings and let your PC once again get this information automatically from the router.

  1. Right-click the network adapter and select Properties.
  2. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Select the Obtain an IP address automatically option.
  5. Select the Obtain DNS server address automatically option.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Close to complete the task.

What is the function of bridge?

A bridge is a structure built to span a physical obstacle, such as a body of water, valley, or road, without closing the way underneath. It is constructed for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle, usually something that is otherwise difficult or impossible to cross.

Advantages Of  Network Bridges

  • Network Extend. Sometimes bridges act as repeaters to extend a network. …
  • Increased Bandwidth. Few of the nodes present on a network share a separate collision domain. …
  • High Reliability. …
  • Frame Buffering. …
  • Protocol Transparency

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