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Lazy WDS - what is the tradeoff???

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by dellsweig, May 12, 2005.

  1. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    What is the tradeoff between using lazy WDS or setting the WDS association to a specific MAC??

    Is there any reason to enable/disable lazy WDS if the WLAN is already encrypted??
     
  2. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    I suppose that Lazy WDS does not let you set up a mesh in a particular configuration if you have more than 2 WRTs. They all just connect to each other if they can...
     
  3. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    lazy is just that it will let any device join the mesh not just the ones you specify the mac for.
    so it is less secure
     
  4. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    So if I am already running wireless encryption, there is no benifit to the restriciton?? There must be some other technical differences in the protocol.

    Anyone??
     
  5. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    I don't think the issue is security, but more the ability to configure the mesh as you want.

    I would think if you are using WEP then only other WRTs using the right key will be able to join the mesh.

    The issue is more if you want to do something like this with a WDS link between wrt1 and another between wrt1 and wrt3:
    wrt1---wrt2
    |
    wrt3

    but with Lazy WDS you end up with a WDS direct link also between wrt2 and wrt3 if they are close enough to get any signal. You can think of other examples...

    Of course if you use no encryption, anybody can come along and join your mesh, but anyway what would you expect if you didn't use encryption...
     

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