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configuring dd-wrts as a bridge i think?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by robr, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. robr

    robr Network Guru Member

    I have 3 WRT54G's (a v2.1, a v5 and a v6) all running dd-wrt. I had originally configured these to use WDS but I was running into issues with losing connectivity between the routers and sometimes one of my PCs would not pick up DHCP (two were configured as DHCP forwarders) and I'd have to reboot the routers often.

    Ideally what I want to do is this, I have the v2.1 connected to my cable modem. I want all my PCs (wireless) to connect to that one. The other two are hardwired directly to TiVos. I just want to tie the TiVos into the v2.1 as well via wireless. Right now some of my PC clients are connecting to these routers that are hooked to the TiVos.

    I'm sure this should be obvious but I'm so frazzled with all the reading I did on WDS to get that (sort of) working, I'm not thinking clearly. Any pointer to a FAQ would be appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Why can't you set the SSIDs on the other routers to a different SSID then your main?
     
  3. robr

    robr Network Guru Member

    because as i said, i'm not thinking clearly :). ok so that would resolve the issue of clients connecting to the wrong router. what's the best way then of connecting the two tivo routers via wireless to the "main" router without using WDS?
     
  4. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    Use WDS as configured: Router1 has MACs of Router2 and Router3. Router2 and Router3 only have MAC of Router1

    Use MAC filtering on Router2 and Router3 to deny access. Alternatively, use Access Restrictions policy, set to 'Allow', but have no PCs in the list.
     
  5. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    BTW - For WDS, use same channel, same SSID, same encryption.

    I have the same setup - two WDS bridges in different parts of my house, with PCs & PS2s hardwired to the routers. These two bridges link to a 3rd, gateway router attached to the broadand pipe.
     
  6. robr

    robr Network Guru Member

    As noted, I'm trying to avoid WDS because of issues with routers losing connectivity for no reason and having to reboot them so they reconnect. I could swear I had these connected before without having to use WDS.

    I'm back on WDS with the "remote" routers set up with MAC filtering so wireless clients can't connect. I immediately ran into the issue where I had to reboot the routers though. Status>Wireless on each router showed WDS was working and both routers were connected, but I couldn't ping the "remote" router from the PC connected to the "main" router. Once I rebooted both routers, everything worked again. This typically lasts a day or two then I have to reboot the routers again to reestablish connectivity.

    I think what I did before instead of WDS was to set up the "remote" routers as wireless clients rather than as an AP using WDS.
     
  7. robr

    robr Network Guru Member

    I did just set up the routers as WDS again (using MAC filtering so wireless clients couldnt connect) and I'm still encountering issues where I need to reboot them. Status>Wireless showed the routers as being connected but I couldn't ping the remote routers from the PC connected to the "main" router. I then rebooted all the routers and everything worked fine. Typically this lasts a day or two then I have to reboot one or more of them to get it all working again.

    I think what I did previously was set up the "remote" routers as wireless clients rather than access points.
     
  8. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    ** Set the gateway router to issue DHCP; the other two should not. **

    You HAVE set router1 with MAC for router2 & router3, but router2 & router3 ONLY have the MAC address for router1? Allowing routers 2 & 3 to WDS will cause issues...
     
  9. robr

    robr Network Guru Member

    no, i had WDS set up in a "Triangle" (i thought that's how a mesh network worked).
     
  10. __spc__

    __spc__ Network Guru Member

    You don't need a mesh.
     
  11. robr

    robr Network Guru Member

    I realize that, I was referring to the comment made by __spc__
    specifically:

    I responded by saying I thought that's how a mesh network is supposed to work, ie that configuration should not cause any problems.
     

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