I took your suggestion and added a backup admin account with a long cryptic user and pass, with 2FA disabled on this account only. As long as I hardwire direct to the DS, I can always set my Ethernet port on my laptop to a static address to access it so I will leave the settings as is.Thanks for the write up. Have never looked at Windows at this level, only ever had to hand it to an IT dept. to fix stuff.
Terminology here can be confusing, the term 'bridge', as I think @frostyallnight and I have used it, means to use a device to link two networks either side of it together so that devices on each side are on the same subnet, and the 'bridged' clients get to use DHCP etc from the LAN side (the bridging device is invisible to the clients. In macOS its Internet Sharing is more of a simple private routing with different subnets either side. But it appears Windows has the 'bridge' capability... hurray for you!
My travel routers have different names for 'bridge' type modes:
Trying to find common terminology can be a bit hard!
- TP-Link calls it:
- Client Mode: plug ethernet to client device and wireless connect to WLAN. The client device gets a LAN IP. Use this to connect a wired-only device wirelessly to the LAN, and power it using a USB port on the client device Nice!
- Range Extender Mode: same as Client Mode but it also supports wireless clients to get access to the WLAN.
- GL.iNet calls it Repeater mode with a wireless network (the WAN side) with Network Mode set to Extender. This would then provide the same as TP-Link's Range Extender Mode.
As for your NAS right now, I would probably set it to use a dynamically assigned IP address and also disable 2FA. Just until you are back to normal. Also, encryption keys should be archived securely.
As I said before, this thread got me looking into newer travel routers. The GL.iNet Opal arrived and is pretty simple to setup. Demo'ed it to the youngest and he gave it a positive thumbs-up, so not wasted money and he'll have a some protection on shared wireless. Plus it has AdGuardHome so he'll be a bit protected for Internet too. The wife says it's cute with its paddle 'ears'
I looked into the GL.iNet Opal, I couldn't resist. I ordered one, will be here tomorrow. Great price too.