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General STP Question

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by bearcatflex, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. bearcatflex

    bearcatflex Network Guru Member

    Hi - Happy New Year

    I have been reading on the Spanning Tree Protocal and how it can stop broadcast storms.

    I have also read that off the shelf Linksys equipment (WRT45G/GS, etc) does not provide STP support.

    I am wondering if this is true or only true for older versions of the equipment.

    Is this something that Satori adds since WDS is enabled?

    My underlining thought is that I need to add wireless to a rather difficult building (brick walls). I have 3 WRT54G ready to be flashed with Satori.

    I would like to setup a LOOP (each APs contains the MAC of the other 2 APs) to ensure that the whole building is covered. Additionally, I will bridge a WAP54G from a long distance that will only see AP2.

    Is this a fesible or OK thing to do?

    Setup
    AP1 has MACs of AP2 + AP3
    AP2 has MACs of AP1 + AP3 + WAP54G Bridge Mode
    AP3 has MACs of AP1 + AP2
    WAP54G Bridge Mode has MAC of AP2

    Thank you - Jim
     
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I believe so and Alchemey does a bang up job at WDS improvements as well. I can't really speak for it though as I haven't used WDS. If you were to look at the sveasoft forum you will find loads of posts related to WDS mesh configs. http://www.sveasoft.com/modules/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=6454&highlight=wds+mesh
     
  3. Morpheus

    Morpheus Network Guru Member

    Yes the WDS Rocks in Alchemey 6 RC5 :wink: and u get up to 251mw
     
  4. pkitester

    pkitester Network Guru Member

    I am certainly no networking wizard, but loops are evil. I can't imagine why you would want to do what you are describing. The whole idea of wireless access points is that you can put a bunch of them in a single space, and the client is smart enough to speak to the one with the strongest signal as he moves around the space. There should be no reason to create a bogus network configuration where you are spoofing MACs.

    I am also not sure this would even work. To me STP is there to stop the broadcast storms when someone creates a loop by connecting wired switches together on more than one port. This is sometimes done on purpose to facilitate redundanacy. So if you have a properly connected(simple) network there should be no reason for STP at all.

    I think what you've described at best will have some clients connected to a WAP that has been "shut off" by STP and have no route to anywhere...
     

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