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Issues with Tomato and 3 routers in WDS+AP Mode

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by mesler, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. mesler

    mesler Addicted to LI Member

    Hey guys,

    I just bought a 3rd WRT54GL after having 2 operating in WDS+AP mode for a many months now, and figured I'd have no problem adding it into the mix.

    I was shooting for a 1----2----3 setup, where:

    1 ->
    2 ->
    3 ->

    I have flashed all their firmwares to bring them all up to 1.23, have done a thorough wipe of their nvrams, and re-loaded their settings from config, but I simply cannot get this to setup to work.

    1 can see 2, and 2 can see 1 (in the device list.)
    3 can see 2, but 2 cannot see 3 (in the device list.)

    Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

    I just tried again to get both 2 and 3 to connect directly to 1, and this apparently works. However, I don't think thils will allow me to extend my network, which is what I am seeking to do.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. astehn

    astehn Addicted to LI Member

    If by "re-loaded their settings from config" you mean that you restored a configuration file that you had saved, then that could be source of your problem, since restoring a configuration file effectively negates the nvram clear. Try clearing the NVRAM and then putting in the settings manually according to http://www.polarcloud.com/tomatofaq#how_do_i_use_wds
  3. mesler

    mesler Addicted to LI Member


    I did another reset of them, but put the settings back in by hand, but no love.

    Does not work if I try to do:

    Method 1

    but does work if I do:

    Method 2

    To be clear, what I have done is added 1 and 3's MAC to router 2, but router 2 only sees router 1 in the device list when I try the 1st method. If I do the 2nd method, router 1 sees both 1 and 3.
  4. BeHappy

    BeHappy Network Guru Member

    It should be simple setup because you have not many nodes to do the daisy chain.

    Router 1 (main router) should have mac from router 2
    Router 2 should have mac from router 1 ans router 3
    Router 3 should have mac from router 2

    Suppose thar router 3 is the last end from your daisy chain

    Router 1 -> Router 2 -> Router 3

    Remember to disable dhcp, wan on router 2 and router 3
  5. mesler

    mesler Addicted to LI Member


    I used that very FAQ section to set up my initial network. And I thought adding another would be as simple as pointing it to my 2nd router, and simply adding a 2nd mac address to the WDS link to list for the 3rd router.

    I shuffled things around (moved the newest router to be router 1), attempted to do method 2 (2 and 3 connecting to 1) and now here is the status:

    1 can see 2 and 3 in device list
    2 cannot see 1
    3 cannot see 1

    It's baffling to me.
  6. mesler

    mesler Addicted to LI Member

    Ok, I solved my problem.

    I was using the wrong MAC address for my 3rd router. :-o

    I was using :25 instead of :26. I'm not sure where I saw 25.

    Thanks for the help guys you two. :)
  7. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I'm curious, if 1 can see 2 and 3, why you need to daisy chain, since less traffic and less jamming would occur if you link 1 to both 2 and 3 direct?

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