System operating modes

In the Keenetic the mechanism of selecting predefined operating modes (Router, Adapter, Repeater, Access Point) is implemented.

Mode selection is available on the 'General system settings' page. Press 'Change operation mode'.

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On the 'Change operating mode' page that appears, you can switch your router to one of the additional modes to use it to extend your existing wireless network or to connect non-Wi-Fi network devices to it.

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There are 4 operating modes in the router settings - the main mode and three additional modes:

  • Router (A) — basic mode;
  • Adapter (B) — connect Ethernet devices to a Wi-Fi network;
  • Repeater (C) — Wi-Fi extension;
  • Access Point (D) — expansion of the Wi-Fi area with Ethernet connection.

To change the mode on the 'Change operating mode' page, select the required mode and click 'Save'.

Then you will see a window warning you about switching the router's operation mode. Click 'Change mode' to confirm.

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Then you will see the mode switching progress bar and an information message about connecting the router to your home network and connecting to its web interface after the mode change.

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The operating mode of the router can be viewed on the home page 'System dashboard'. It is displayed in the information panel 'About the system' in the 'Operation mode' line.

TIP: Note: Keenetic Air (KN-1610) and Keenetic Lite (KN-1310) have a special 4-position hardware selector on the back of the device. It is used to select the operating mode of the router. For other Keenetic models, you can choose the operating mode in the web interface.

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A — basic mode (router)
B — Wi-Fi adapter for wired devices
C — repeater of an existing Wi-Fi network
D — Wi-Fi access point

Slide the selector to the mode you want and wait for the router to reboot. The router stores the settings for each mode separately.

NOTE: Important! Basic points for all operating modes:

1. For the Adapter, Repeater and Access Point modes to work properly, a DHCP server has to be running on the main router.

2. The router in Adapter and Repeater modes should be located in Wi-Fi area of the main router.

3. In all additional modes, you can access the web interface of the router by using a new IP address obtained via DHCP in the home network. This address will be assigned by the main router when connected to the home network and shown in its web interface. If the router is not connected to your home network, to access it you should use the temporary IP address 192.168.1.3, previously manually assigned the IP address on the network device (computer, tablet, smartphone) from 192.168.1.4 to 192.168.1.254.

4. In additional modes, the Keenetic web interface menu will be truncated in comparison to the main mode (menu items that are not used in additional mode will be unavailable).

5. USB applications (connection of external drives, printers, Media Server, Download Station, etc.) are available in all additional modes.

Now let's take a more detailed look at the purpose of each mode.

1. 'Router' mode (A)

The device works in this mode as a regular router with the ability to connect to a provider via Ethernet, Wi-Fi or via a 3G/4G USB modem. By default, the Keenetic has IP address translation (NAT) and DHCP server enabled to automatically assign IP addresses to clients. This mode is set as the factory default. To access the Keenetic, the device has a local IP address of 192.168.1.1, or you can use the domain name my.keenetic.net.

2. 'Adapter' mode (B)

In this mode, the device works as a wireless bridge with a disabled own access point, providing access to the Wi-Fi network to all devices connected to its network ports. So you can do without putting an Ethernet cable through to your IPTV, computer, or other device that does not have a Wi-Fi adapter.

In 'Adapter' mode, the router should be connected to the wireless network of the main router.

It is suggested that the device obtains an IP address via DHCP from the superior main router by default. If no IP address has been received, the device is assigned an IP address of 192.168.1.3 (this is a service static IP address). When a DHCP server appears in the network, the static IP address (192.168.1.3) will be reset automatically and you can connect to the web interface using the IP address received from the main router only.

If you have set the mode switch on the Keenetic to position B and cannot access the web interface in any way, please refer to 'Accessing the web interface of Keenetic in one of the additional operating modes'.

For more information on configuring this mode, see the article 'Adapter mode'.

3. 'Repeater' mode (C)

'Repeater' mode expands the area of coverage of your Wi-Fi network without additional cables.

In this mode, the device works as a wireless bridge with the ability to connect wireless clients and Ethernet network devices to its own Wi-Fi network. The Wi-Fi settings on the main access point and in the 'Repeater' mode will be identical, as the device copies the wireless network parameters from the main router (in case of the Keenetic dual-band model both 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks are enhanced). Your wireless clients will switch between the main router and the Repeater without any additional reconfiguration, depending on the signal level at any point in the apartment.

This mode is ideal for extending an existing Wi-Fi network area. If necessary, you can use this mode for 'Seamless Wi-Fi roaming'.

Please note that you can connect clients to the Repeater using both wireless network or Ethernet cable.

It is suggested that the device obtains an IP address via DHCP from the superior main router by default. If no IP address has been received, the device is assigned an IP address of 192.168.1.3 (this is a service static IP address). When a DHCP server appears in the network, the static IP address (192.168.1.3) will be reset automatically and you can connect to the web interface using the IP address received from the main router only.

If you have set the mode switch on the Keenetic to position C and cannot access the web interface in any way, please refer to 'Accessing the web interface of Keenetic in one of the additional operating modes'.

For more information on configuring this mode, see the article 'Repeater mode'.

4. 'Access point' mode (D)

In this mode, the Keenetic works as a normal network switch with a wireless access point. This mode is used to expand the Wi-Fi area with an Ethernet cable connection.

This option is useful if you want to extend the coverage of an existing Wi-Fi network without compromising its maximum performance. If necessary, you can use 'Seamless Wi-Fi roaming' in this mode.

Connect the router to your home network using an Ethernet cable, and then connect your wireless devices to it. By default, in Access Point mode, your wireless network will work with the password and network name that are shown on the label on the additional router, but you can change them to the settings of the main router.

It is suggested that the device obtains an IP address via DHCP from the superior main router by default. If no IP address has been received, the device is assigned an IP address of 192.168.1.3 (this is a service static IP address). When a DHCP server appears in the network, the static IP address (192.168.1.3) will be reset automatically and you can connect to the web interface using the IP address received from the main router only.

If you have set the mode switch on the Keenetic to position D and cannot access the web interface in any way, please refer to 'Accessing the web interface of Keenetic in one of the additional operating modes'.

For more information on configuring this mode, see the article 'Access Point mode'.

TIP: Note: To switch the Keenetic to the default (main) mode of operation, go to the web interface, open the 'General Settings' page, click 'Change operating mode', select 'Router Mode (main)', and click 'Save'.

You can also click the 'Reset all settings' button on the 'General settings' page. The factory settings can be restored only for the current operating mode. Other configuration files of other modes will remain intact. For example, you can reset and reconfigure the Access Point mode, but the saved Adapter mode settings will not be changed.

Another way to get the Keenetic back to the main mode is to perform a factory reset using the Reset button on the device body. In this case, the Keenetic will return to the main mode with the default settings, and all configurations of other modes will also be reset to the factory settings.

TIP: Note: When you change the mode, the device boots up the configuration file for the corresponding mode, i.e., the settings that were saved the last time, instead of being reset to the default settings. For example, if you set up the main mode, then switched to the 'Adapter' mode, and then returned to the main mode, your 'Router' configuration will be fully available, because the configuration file startup-config of this mode is recorded and loaded.

 

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