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Help! WDS sometimes act queer....

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by antony, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. antony

    antony Networkin' Nut Member

    Dear,

    I bought a TP-Link WR941ND ver 3.6 almost a month, since my Linksys WRT54G is bricked. After I un-bricked the Linksys, I installed Tomato Version 1.28. Some place at home does not get a good connection to Tp-link, so I want to make Linksys as a WDS Access Point to enhance the signal. I use Tp-link WR941ND ver3.6 (original firmware) connect to internet and Linksys WRT54G v2 (tomato firmware) as AP/WDS.

    They work fine usually, but something queer...:
    1) I must use "Automatic" at WDS -> Mac Addrss field under Basic -> Network page. If I put Tp-link's Mac address there. They cannot connected. (I cannot ping another router)

    2) I think my neighbors are back around 17:30, my routers act queer. A newly boot up computer connect to some router, I don't know which one, but cannot get a valid IP. The wireless icon shows "Limited Access" or "No Internet Access". I need to turn off Linksys (tomato firmware), reset Tp-link (original firmware), and the computer reconnect to the router to fix the problem.

    3) I think my neighbors are back around 17:30, my routers act queer. A connected computer still got its IP, can ping 2 routers and yahoo.com, but cannot open the pages. I need to reconnect to the SSID to establish the Internet connection.

    Hope someone can help. Thank you very much!

    Best Regards,
    Antony
     
  2. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    I don't know the TP-Link router but in order for WDS to work both routers need to support it. Are you sure it supports WDS?

    For your setup you might be better to configure it in wireless ethernet bridge mode and forget about WDS.

    Is your client on your network connecting to your neighbor's wireless network so you have to reconnect to yours?
     
  3. antony

    antony Networkin' Nut Member

    Dear,

    First, thank you for your reply.

    I think it support WDS, since it has this option and settings, like SSID, security, etc. It also has connect button to list all SSID, then click connect. My setting page seem like the following link, but in Chinese.
    http://www.tp-link.com/en/article/?id=227

    Well..., honestly I don't know how to do it. (My concept may be wrong, please correct me) I THINK bridge will divide the network into 2 subnet, isn't it.

    No, I think we are in different network. ( I think / hope my neighbor won't hack into my router) And possibly we are using different ISP.

    Thank you very much!

    Best Regards,
    Antony
     
  4. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    I'm going to guess that English is not your primary language Antony. I appreciate the work you are doing in communicating here on this English speaking forum.

    1. You can easily connect to a neighbor's wireless network in situations where a neighbor's wireless network has no security. In which case you will be on their network. When you try to connect or ping your routers, you will not be able to do so. When you reconnect you then reconnect to your system and then can connect to your routers. I've seen it before. Which ISP you use vs. your neighbor does not matter.

    2. Ethernet bridge mode does not produce 2 subnets. You can configure it to do so with multiple ssid's, etc. That gets a bit complicated. The simple setup for ethernet bridge is one ssid, one network-IP range-Subnet. The clients attached to the "slave" connect to the "master" wirelessly. It is much easier to setup and maintain than a WDS system.

    3. Supporting WDS is not the same as "like SSID, security, etc. It also has connect button to list all SSID, then click connect". Those settings and WDS are apples to oranges. WDS and WDS+AP are specific settings in the basic setup menu. If you are seeing an SSID and then clicking on it, that sounds more like ethernet bridge mode than WDS. WDS requires you to enter the MAC address of the routers that are connecting with eachother, etc.
     
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  5. antony

    antony Networkin' Nut Member

    Dear,

    Thank you for your suggestion. I will google for the wireless bridge tutorial.


    Best Regards,
    Antony
     

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