Adapter mode

In Adapter mode, Keenetic operates as a wireless bridge with its own access point disabled, providing an access to the Wi-Fi network to all devices connected to its network ports. This way, you can avoid running an Ethernet cable to your IPTV, computer, or other device that does not have a Wi-Fi adapter. You can only connect to the main Keenetic via Wi-Fi.Keenetic in Adapter mode can only be connected to your main Keenetic via an Ethernet network cable. Home devices can be connected to your Adapter via both Wi-Fi and an Ethernet cable.

NOTE: Important! A DHCP server must be enabled on the main Keenetic to which the Access point will be connected.

To change the operating mode of the Keenetic Air (KN-1610) and Lite (KN-1310) models, set the operating mode switch on the back panel to 'B' (Adapter) position.

For other Keenetic models, operating mode change must be done via the web interface.
On the 'General system settings' page, click 'Change operating mode' and choose the 'Adapter' mode.


You will see a warning window about changing the device's operating mode. Press 'Change mode' to confirm.


Next, you will see the mode change status and an information message about how to connect Keenetic in the selected mode to your home network, and how to access its web interface after changing the operating mode.


So, to set up the connection between the adapter and the main Keenetic, tap (not hold down, just press and release) once or twice (respectively to connect to a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz Wi-Fi network) theу wifi-button.png (WPS/Wi-Fi) button on the Keenetic in Adapter mode.

Similarly, press the wifi-button.png button on the main Keenetic.


After pressing the WPS button on both Keenetic devices, Wi-Fi LEDs on both of them will blink actively. Wait for the devices to agree on all parameters and automatically establish a connection. This usually takes no more than a minute. If the main router does not have a WPS button, refer to 'Connecting a Keenetic in Repeater or Adapter mode to an access point without a WPS button'.
After the connection has been successfully established, the globus.png (Internet) LED on the adapter will light up. This completes the configuration of the Keenetic in Adapter mode.

NOTE: Important! Your Keenetic in Adapter mode must be within the Wi-Fi coverage of the main router.

Customers connected to a Keenetic in Adapter mode will receive an IP address from the main router. You can see who is connected and their IP addresses on the main router. In Keenetic, you can view the IP addresses in the web interface, on the 'Device lists' page.


In our example, the client received an IP address of from the main Keenetic router.

In the 'Adapter' operating mode you can use any available network ports to connect devices with an Ethernet port.

NOTE: Important! In the additional modes, the Keenetic web interface will be truncated compared to the Main (router) mode (there will be no menu items available that are not used in the additional mode).

TIP: Tip: If the main router (or access point) does not have WPS functionality, you can set up the network connection manually. To do this, you need to connect your computer to the Keenetic that works in the 'Adapter' mode with an Ethernet cable and set the IP address in the range of ~ with a mask of The Web interface will be available at the IP address (this is the device's service static IP address) and you will be able to manually configure the connection to the Wi-Fi network in the 'Adapter mode' section on the 'Connection' page. For more information, see the article 'Accessing the web interface of Keenetic in one of the additional operating modes'.

TIP: Note: From KeeneticOS version 2.13, it is now possible to set the MAC address of the access point (BSSID) to connect in the 'Adapter' mode. This feature is useful when there are access points with the same name (SSID) on the radio. You can select a specific access point by manually entering its MAC address. You will find more information in the article: 'MAC address of the access point (BSSID) for connection'.


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