Series 3: How do I change the ethernet port mode of my CradlePoint router with multiple ethernet ports?

Beverly McRae

If you are not sure what model CradlePoint router you have, please click here.

This article was written based upon firmware version 5.0.0.


The CradlePoint MBR1400 and MBR1200B routers have five Ethernet ports that can be configured as either a LAN ports or as a WAN ports.  By default, they are configured with one WAN port and four LAN ports.

LAN mode:
LAN mode is used for connecting a wired computer’s Ethernet port (or a switch connected to several computers) into to the CradlePoint MBR1400 or MBR1200B.

WAN mode:
WAN mode is used for connecting a wired WAN source (DSL, cable, satellite, etc.) to provide an Internet connection to the CradlePoint MBR1400 or MBR1200B.

To reconfigure any of the Ethernet ports to be used as a WAN port, follow the directions below.


  1. Log into the CradlePoint’s administrative console, the default location is  Click here if you are unsure of how to access the administration pages.
  2. Click Network Settings and then WiFi / Local Networks from the drop-down menu
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  3. Scroll down to Local Network Interfaces, then select the Ethernet Port Configuration tab.
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  4. Change the Ethernet port’s Mode from Local Network (LAN) to Internet (WAN)
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  5. The CradlePoint will now warn you that you will no longer be able to access the admin console from a computer connected via the Ethernet port.  If you are connected wirelessly this warning does not apply.  If you are wired into the CradlePoint to make this change, make sure that you will be able to connect wirelessly after making this change.                                                                                           User-added image

After making this change, one of the CradlePoint MBR1400 or MBR1200B’s Ethernet ports will now be configured to accept a WAN connection.

For additional assistance connecting a wired connection (DSL, cable, satellite, etc.) to the MBR95, MBR1200B, or MBR1400 please click here.

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