Guess I was trying to get to the bottom of was why did you buy the SOHO?
The SOHO is a fantastic little router for power users. It can connect to wired and wifi WANs as well as via a USB dongle. You can manage it remotely using InControl2 and use Peplinks really easy PepVPN for site to site connectivity too. Combined with a free FusionHub Solo virtual appliance, you can encrypt all your internet traffic so your ISP can’t see what you’re doing and to facilitate inbound routing when using multi-wan.
If it was me, I’d still want the SOHO on my perimeter keeping me connected, so I’d treat the SOHO as the ‘ISP router’ in Bitdefenders world, and plug the WAN of the BDB2 into the LAN of the SOHO. Then I would disable the Wifi on the SOHO, plug its WAN into my actual ISP router and use the wifi on the BDB2 box.
The SOHO is not at Access Point that also does routing. Its a router that also acts as a access point. The reason the SOHO doesn’t do bridging is because If you bridge the wifi on the SOHO to its WAN you’re disabling most of the functionality in the SOHO - so whats the point? If you need an access point go buy an access point.
It is a great little router and liked by security consultants for lots of reasons.
I have also head good things about Bitdefender B2,
They are not incompatible.
They assumed you were using it as an access point. Its not (or rather you shouldn’t be as) its a kick ass little router that also does wifi.
Everything you have done here is an upgrade to any installed Linksys - don’t go back. But what were you using the linksys for? Just as an Access point? to extend wifi in your property perhaps?
Don’t be disheartened - this stuff gets complicated fast. You’re doing the right things.
What a weird thing to say. There are tens of thousands of happy SOHO users out there.
Buy a Peplink Access Point and you’ll find bridge mode. Buy a kick ass Peplink router (that by definition needs to route between LAN and WAN) and you’ll find you can bridge its internal WIFI to the LAN (as you’re doing now) but you can not bridge the wifi to the WAN as you shouldn’t want or need to.
If you just wanted a device to act as an access point and planned on relying on the BDB2 for routing via a single ISP connection then you did make a mistake buying a SOHO.
Once you’re plugged up right - with a SOHO you now have one of the industries most secure and capable useful multi-wan routers sitting on the WAN of the BDB2 keeping it safe and providing reliable, manageable, monitored internet connectivity. personally, if that was a mistake I’d made - I’d be pretty happy with it