HOWTO: Set up a WDS bridge with official firmware!

Discussion in 'Linksys Official Firmware' started by none, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. none

    none Network Guru Member

    Hi,

    I got a WDS bridge working between two WRT54GS routers running the latest official firmware (4.70.6).

    First I got a shell on the routers using BatBox Linux:
    http://www.batbox.org/wrt54g-linux.html

    Note that no permanent changes are done to the router firmware, BatBox Linux will use the tmp directory and will not persist across reboots.

    Then I issued the following commands on the first router:
    Code:
    nvram set wl_afterburner=off
    nvram set wl0_afterburner=off
    nvram set wl_wds=WIRELESS_MAC_ADDRESS_OF_SECOND_ROUTER
    nvram set wl_lazywds=0
    nvram set wl0_lazywds=0
    nvram commit
    reboot
    
    And I issued the following commands on the second router (the only difference is the mac address):
    Code:
    nvram set wl_afterburner=off
    nvram set wl0_afterburner=off
    nvram set wl_wds=WIRELESS_MAC_ADDRESS_OF_FIRST_ROUTER
    nvram set wl_lazywds=0
    nvram set wl0_lazywds=0
    nvram commit
    reboot
    
    When the routers came back after the reboot, the WDS brigde was already working fine!

    Then I enabled WPA with AES in the web interface for both routers and it worked fine too!

    BTW, I get more than 20Mbit/sec out of the WDS bridge with the official firmware with WPA enabled, while I got only about 8Mbit/sec with Alchemy 1.0.

    There is small issue I couldn't figure out yet: the 'wl_lazywds' and 'wl0_lazywds' settings always revert to '1' after reboot, even after I set them to '0' and issued an 'nvram commit' before reboot.

    Any idea?

    Anyway, since I have WPA enabled, it shouldn't be a big deal, since none should be able to connect to my Wi-Fi routers anyway, right?

    Thanks to the great users of these forums that make this happen.

    Regards.
     
  2. mchiles

    mchiles Network Guru Member

    Great information ! ! !

    Has anyone else had success with this WDS bridge method??

    Do the resulting WDS bridged routers still work using WPA TKIP wireless security???

    Has anyone tried this bridging with a pair of WRT54G (non-s) routers??

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
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