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Help understand WDS (Newbie)

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by TimSparks, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. TimSparks

    TimSparks Network Guru Member

    I am completely new to networking and this is probably one of the most simple problems posted, but I havent seen a previous post explaining how to setup WDS or just configure routers to talk to each other via CAT 5 so here I am.

    I need help setting up a WDS network, or even just a simple hardwired connection between the two routers :S

    My setup is as follows

    D-LINK MODEM ADSL (192.168.1.1)
    [
    [
    [ CAT 5 Connection
    [
    [
    WRT54GS Router running the fantastic DD-WRT v22
    (192.168.1.2)
    [
    [
    [ CAT 5 Connection
    [
    [
    WRT54GS Router running the fantastic DD-WRT v22
    (192.168.1.3)

    Each router provides a wireless network for 4 pcs

    How do i configure the routers ideally to talk to each either by direct CAT5 connection as shown or replacing the CAT5 with a wireless connection and using WDS, I dont understand how to setup WDS basically any guide or solution would be much appreaciated. :D
     
  2. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=7

    Good place to start.

    If you have cat5 - its the best way to go . Simply assign remote router/AP static IP, set gateway and DHCP server to main router IP. Turn off DHCP and plug cable from LAN port on main router to LAN port on remote router.

    If running cable is an issue - WDS works great
     
  3. TimSparks

    TimSparks Network Guru Member

    Ok I have decided to go for the CAT5 solution

    I think I have set it up correctly but I keep getting long pauses during internet use a random intervals which my last 10 seconds :S

    I dont know if im setting the routers up correctly, mainly because what you just posted is still going over my head, this is how I have set it up

    ADSL modem 192.168.1.1
    [
    [
    [ Cat 5
    [
    [
    WRT54GS running DD-WRT v22
    Internet Setup
    Internet Connection Type: Automatic Configuration DHCP
    STP: Enabled

    Network Setup
    Router IP
    Local IP Address: 192.168.1.2
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Gateway: 192.168.1.2
    Local DNS: 0.0.0.0

    Networking Address Server Settings(DHCP)
    DHCP Server: Enabled
    Starting IP Address 192.168.1.100
    Max Number of Users: 50
    Client Lease Time: 1440 minutes
    Static DNS1: 0.0.0.0
    Static DNS2: 0.0.0.0
    Static DNS3: 0.0.0.0
    Static WINS: 0.0.0.0

    [
    [
    [ Cat 5 Connection
    [
    [
    [
    WRT54GS running DD-WRT v22
    Internet Setup
    Internet Connection Type: Automatic Configuration DHCP
    STP: Enabled

    Network Setup
    Router IP
    Local IP Address: 192.168.1.3
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Gateway: 0.0.0.0
    Local DNS: 0.0.0.0

    Networking Address Server Settings(DHCP)
    DHCP Server: Enabled
    Starting IP Address 192.168.1.100
    Max Number of Users: 50
    Client Lease Time: 1440 minutes
    Static DNS1: 0.0.0.0
    Static DNS2: 0.0.0.0
    Static DNS3: 0.0.0.0
    Static WINS: 0.0.0.0

    Is this setup the reason for my problems?
     
  4. Cyberian75

    Cyberian75 Network Guru Member

    Your second router should use the first one as the main gateway; therefore, turn DHCP off on the second router and put 192.168.1.2 in its gateway field.
     
  5. cgondo

    cgondo Network Guru Member

    when the second router is connected through its LAN port, what difference does the gateway field make? Isn't it simply like a switch?
     
  6. TimSparks

    TimSparks Network Guru Member

    I not sure if Ive done this correctly but I think I may have made a giant leap with my understanding :D woohooo

    I decided that the last post makes the 2nd router sound demoted as it isnt assigning ip addresses. So I changed the settings so the first router can only assign 50 addresses from xxx.xxx.xxx.100 to 150 and the second router assigns 48 addresses from xxx.xxx.xxx.151 to 199.

    Is this correct!

    If so I will be very proud:D
     

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