Configuring LAN/WAN Ports on Cradlepoint NetBSD Routers

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EVDOinfo Tip Of The Week #76: Configuring LAN/WAN Ports on Cradlepoint NetBSD Routers

One of the more common issues we find in our tech department is a failure to communicate directly with a Cable/DSL connection. This is often something simple like a person inserting the Ethernet connection into the LAN port instead of the WAN port, but there are a few instances where this isn't the problem. If you've checked your network connections, verified the Ethernet cable is good, and are sure nothing is blocking the connection there is one final thing you can do. The new NetBSD based Cradlepoint routers (found on firmware 3.3.0+) offer the ability to manually configure your LAN ports as a WAN port and can be very useful for troubleshooting.

If you find yourself in a situation where one of the WAN or LAN connections doesn't seem to respond correctly there is a simple fix. As long as you can still communicate with the Cradlepoint router you can go into the admin interface and change the configuration to test other ports and possibly get yourself back up and running. To make these changes follow the simple steps outlined below:

How To Configure LAN/WAN Ports:
  1. Open a web browser and enter
  2. Enter the 8 digit password on the back of your router
  3. Click on the advanced button in the upper left corner
  4. Click on the "Network Settings" tab and select "WiFi/Local Networks"
  5. Scroll down to the "Local Network Interfaces" section and select the "Ethernet Port Configuration" tab
  6. You'll see Port Group: LAN and Port Group: WAN - Click on the tab and configure any port for either a WAN or LAN connection (example below)


What is the difference between WAN and LAN connections?

The "WAN" connection stands for Wide Area Network, and is used for an incoming Cable/DSL connection. The "LAN" connection stands for Local Area Network, which would be used to connect laptops, desktops, Blu Ray players, DVR's, Printers and more. If you have these connections backwards in the computer or device, it will not communicate properly with the router and you will not be able to get out to the Internet. There are a few instances where this fix can be useful for customers that want to tweak their routers.

When and why you should make this change:

  • No Cable/DSL connection - If you rely on a 3G/4G modem solely you can configure the WAN port as a LAN port giving you 5 Ethernet LAN connections.
  • LAN or WAN failure - If you find that one of the ports stops working alter the setting and use until you receive a replacement unit.
  • Troubleshooting - If you have an issue with select Ethernet ports you can customize the network connections

This new option found on firmware 3.3.0+ firmware is an excellent tool to give you greater control over your Cradlepoint router. In the event a problem arises with your router, this could allow you to get back online to get through the day until a new replacement reaches you. This feature is found on all the NetBSD routers, but the ability to change multiple ports is limited to the Cradlepoint MBR95, Cradlepoint MBR1200B, and Cradlepoint MBR1400 3G/4G Routers. You WILL NOT find this feature on older models like the MBR900, MBR1000 and MBR1200

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