Change Network Bridge Settings

by Eric Geier [Published on 5 May 2011 / Last Updated on 9 April 2010]

Change the Forwarding and/or STA settings of Network Bridges in Windows.

Starting with Windows XP, Microsoft has included a network bridging feature to virtually connect two different adapters or networks together. With a registry hack, you can disable Forwarding and/or spanning tree algorithm (STA).


Key: SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BridgeMP

Value Names: DisableForwarding, DisableSTA

DWORD Values: 0 = default, 1 = disable features

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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