Networking mode configurations - DHCP, static, PPoE, bridge



To configure networking modes

In your network mode settings (DHCP, static, PPoE, or bridge) you can change how your network assigns IP addresses to connected devices.

  1. Tap Settings at the bottom of the home screen of the Nokia WiFi Mobile App.


  1. In the Settings page, swipe down and tap Advanced.
  2. Tap Networking Mode and then Mode.
  3. Select any of the following networking modes, as applicable:




Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol allows your Beacon to get an IP address automatically.

This is the default option and enables the route mode.


This option enables bridge mode.


Configure the following:

  • IP Address
  • Subnet Mask
  • Default Gateway
  • Primary DNS (mandatory)
  • Secondary DNS (optional)

This address does not change automatically and has been reserved by your ISP specifically for you.


Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet requires a specific username and password from your ISP and typically is used with DSL connections.

Enter your username and password (from your ISP specifically for PPoE authentication).

  1. Tap the check mark check.png at the top right corner to save the changes.
  2. If you selected DHCP or Bridge, a warning displays that a reboot is required for this change to take effect. Tap Reboot. Once reboot is complete, a message displays indicating that the Beacon has restarted and the bridge or DHCP mode is enabled.
    Note: This step does not apply to the Static and PPPoE modes.

Using the Web GUI

  • Connect to your Nokia WiFi network (or connect your laptop to your root Nokia WiFi Beacon with an Ethernet cable)
  • Enter the following URL into your browser:
  • Under the Network tab, select MESH on the left side of the web page
  • Select the check box Enable Bridge Mode to enable or disable bridge mode
  • Click the Reboot button in the pop-up window
  • Your Beacon will reboot in bridge mode





In bridge mode, Beacons and the devices connected to them all get their IP address from your 3rd party router.


Overview of networking modes

Nokia WiFi Beacons work in route mode by default (for most configurations). You can change this to bridge mode in the advanced settings of the Nokia Wifi mobile app.

When you use a Nokia WiFi Beacon in bridge mode, you get an IP address from your 3rd party router. (When you’re in route mode, your IP address comes from the Nokia WiFi Beacon).

Bridge mode supports both Wi-Fi and Ethernet backhaul (that’s the connection between your WiFi Beacons). To set up an Ethernet backhaul connection in bridge mode, connect Ethernet cables into your Beacons as shown in this diagram (the LAN to WAN connection).

Bridge Mode Topology



 Route Mode Topology (default configuration)