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BSNL Modem-Bridge vs PPPoE Mode | SyncNext

BSNL Modem-Bridge vs PPPoE Mode

by vbb on February 14, 2009

in Broadband

When you get your modem from BSNL,it’s configured in Router mode (PPPoE mode)by default.You enter your user name and password in the modem.When you switch on the modem ,it authenticates itself using the entered user name and password.

There is another mode of connection where you have to dial using your user credentials.This mode is commonly known as bridge mode.

Here are basic difference between PPPoe Mode and Bridge Mode.

Following table gives the basic differences between the two.Note that PPPoE is the default mode.


PPPoE Mode

Bridge Mode

User credentials Stored in modem/router Stored in your computer
How to connect Switch on the modem Dial up from computer
Connection type Always On Dial on demand
Security More secure Less secure
Scheduling Difficult to schedule Easy to schedule



  • Always on connection

    An always on connection means unless you turn off the modem,you will be connected to the Internet.This is good for unlimited plans.In case you have a limited plan then just think of the situation when  you forget to turn off your modem and your antivirus and other software start to update themselves.For limited plans it’s good to have your modem configured in bridge mode so that you can dial up to broadband just when you need it.

  • Routing

    The modem in PPPoE mode acts as a router and a basic firewall which is good for your security..But in Bridge mode,this is just a modem so having a good firewall installed is a must.

    It also means that you may need to forward ports in the router for some application like torrent clients.No port forwarding is required in bridge mode.

  • Scheduling

    When you want to schedule your connection (i.e. if you want to get connected everyday at 2 am ),it’s much difficult in PPPoe mode as it requires telnet scripts and some geeky work.While scheduling is a piece of cake in bridge mode.

For BSNL broadband  plans like  500C,which give freedom to  download unlimited at night,the bridge mode is good .The modem can be configured for easy scheduling.Stay tuned to get Bridge mode configuration settings.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mr.V.Nagesh September 8, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Information is very useful.


Mani November 7, 2010 at 12:27 am

Thanks… very clear and precise!


Munish 3'sh February 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thank U for this.
Really good.

Thank U


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