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Client or AP is it really worth it??

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by MLD, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. MLD

    MLD Network Guru Member

    I know this is a pretty wide open questions but is there really any advatage using client mode over AP (WDS) for mostly file sharing & internet access.

    Is one better for networking?
    Security WPA/WEP ?
    Throughput?
    Range diffrences between the two modes?

    It just seems like client mode is a hassle to configure compared to using WDS and I wanted to know if it is really worth the effort before I frustrate myself.

    Thanks
     
  2. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    Client mode:
    + full wireless speed
    +- the wired clients connected to the second router are in a differen subnet (Alchemy only)
    - only one wired client can be connected to the second router (Satori only)
    - no additonal wireless clients can connect to the second router running in client mode

    WDS:
    + additonal wireless clients can connect to the second router running in client mode
    + multiple wired clients can be connected to the second router
    - maximum wireless speed is cut in half

    So if you want to connect only two routers over WLAN and you don't want to attach additional wireless clients to the second router, imho client mode is the better choice due to the doubled wirless speed.
     
  3. mic

    mic Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the imput!!

    Is there any difference in the security settings you can use between the two?

    Is there in advatage in range using one or the other?

    Thanks
     
  4. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    > Is there any difference in the security settings you can use between the two?
    Not really. WPA is supported by both, client mode and WDS LAN mode. (there is another WDS P2P mode, which creates separate subnets and which doesn't support WPA). WEP should be supported by all modes.

    > Is there in advatage in range using one or the other?

    No. At least in my network, concerning signal quality and range, it doesn't make a difference using client mode or WDS.
     
  5. jkp

    jkp Network Guru Member

    Using client mode with satori, you can connect more than one wired client using the wan port with a switch (you can disable NAT using iptable).
    But (for me) the speedbooster mode has no effect! It's working better with speedbooster disable!
     

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