I have two subnets connected over a wireless bridge and I'm trying to figure out how to get them to talk to each other.

Subnet 1

  • Router: Netgear wireless
  • Router IP:
  • DHCP range: -
  • Subnet mask:
  • Internet: Connected directly to cable modem

Subnet 2

  • Router: Linksys running dd-wrt
  • Router IP:
  • DHCP range: -
  • Internet: Connected to the Netgear router via a wireless bridge
  • WAN IP:

When I'm on Subnet 1, I can't connect to anything on Subnet 2 (even the wireless bridge IP of

When I'm on Subnet 2, I can connect to everything on 192.168.2.* as well as the Subnet 1 router on But I can't connect to any other machines on Subnet 1.

The physical limitations of my house make the wireless bridge a requirement. I don't think making a wired connection between the two subnets is an option.

How can I set things up so machines on both subnets can communicate with each other and still get to the Internet?

  • You could set the subnet mask on all machines to This way your host IP address range is -, which includes both subnets you mention.
    – user421696
    Jan 31, 2016 at 14:21
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    Wired or wireless is just a medium, the "network" it carriers is mostly not relevant to the actual medium. If this is a wireless bridge, why is the second router providing DHCP and not just transparently passing the network through? That would make this so much simpler, router one provides DHCP to everything, and router 2 just acts a bridge passing the wireless network to the wired ports. Sounds to me like this is misconfigured since this is a SOHO environment.
    – acejavelin
    Jan 31, 2016 at 14:31
  • I tried changing the subnet at one point and it still wasn't working. Would I have to do anything in terms of setting the Gateway on Subnet 2 for that to work?
    – Mark Biek
    Jan 31, 2016 at 14:31
  • I'll take a look and see about disabling the secondary DHCP and just making it all one big network.
    – Mark Biek
    Jan 31, 2016 at 14:32
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    Your router 2 is misconfigured, it should not be doing any router or DHCP functions, everything should be handled by router 1. Router 2 should be just a pass-though of the network. Everything should be one subnet with a gateway of
    – acejavelin
    Jan 31, 2016 at 14:33

1 Answer 1


Your setup is not a wireless bridge, just a way of using the wireless medium to carry a network connection to another router, the second "router" should be setup as a bridge to pass-thru all network traffic, making this all one subnet with one router handling all DHCP and routing functions for the entire LAN. This is called a Client-Bridge configuration and is a common DD-WRT application.


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