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Need help setting up WDS.

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by dumbfound, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. dumbfound

    dumbfound Addicted to LI Member

    I found my old WRT54GSv1.1 so I decided to run WDS since linksys+tomato is probably the best router I've ever used. So I flashed the other router and attempted at setting up the WDS. I followed the direction on wiki-tomato page and on the official FAQ section too.

    One problem kept occurring was when I setup the client router as WDS and change the router IP to 192.168.1.2 after a certain amount of times accessing it I couldn't enter the router's setup page. I would had to do a hard reset to change it back to default to access the page again. So I am stuck here I configured that when I goto the device section on my host and client router they see each other but no internet access or I can't access my client router's page.

    Setup:
    host: WRT54GSv2 + tomato 1.20
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    client : WRT54GSv1.1 + tomato 1.21
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    EDIT: PICTURES ARE UPLOADED.
    as you can see on device list they "see each other" but nothing works. CANNOT ACCESS my "Client" router setup page.
    Any suggestions.
     
  2. michse

    michse Addicted to LI Member

    Hi,

    with wds you not have a client. both are access points, but one has a connection to other networks - the inet. maybe the understanding is better.

    are they in the same subnet? router one 192.168.1.1 and the second 192.168.1.2? you really did a reset to hardwaredefaults? (erase nvram)

    same ssid? visible?

    so, do you have in "client" router set the inet router as gateway and dns? it is nessessary for inet on router two but not for wds because its a switch network.

    michse
     
  3. dumbfound

    dumbfound Addicted to LI Member


    yes hard reset like 3 times just to be able to access the "client" router page same SSID and i tried different SSID. both visible.
    there is my configuration I followed instruction on FAQ on tomato's page

    ALSO... I can not access my "client" router page at all once i change configuration even by hardwire or wireless..
     
  4. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    From the pictures, looks like router 192.168.1.2 has security of WPA PSK + TKIP while router 192.168.1.1 has security of WPA PSK + TKIP / AES. I think they should be running the same security and my personal experience is that WDS works best with WPA PSK + AES all around, as in the Tomato FAQ.
     
  5. dumbfound

    dumbfound Addicted to LI Member

    Oh but will that explain why it doesn't even connect via wired?
     
  6. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Well, I'm not quite sure what you mean. You should be able to connect to the 192.168.1.1 router via wired with no problems. If you're close to it, you should be able to connect wirelessly to it. The problem with the 192.168.1.2 router is that if the WDS bridge isn't up, you're not going to get a DHCP response, either with a wired or wireless connection. If you set a static IP address, you should be able to access the 192.168.1.2 router web page. Makes sense in theory anyway, let me know if that doesn't work.
     
  7. dumbfound

    dumbfound Addicted to LI Member


    I appreciate your help.
    Yes I can access my 192.168.1.1 but I can't access the 192.168.1.2 it just hangs there for a life time its the 192.168.1.2 router i cant log on to the router page via wire or wireless. Did I do any configuration wrong?
     
  8. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    So you're saying if you plug a wire into the 192.168.1.2 router and set a static IP address on your PC of 192.168.1.{any unused address in that subnet}, you can't get to the http://192.168.1.2 page?
     
  9. dumbfound

    dumbfound Addicted to LI Member


    yup once i setup the wds+ap on router 192.168.1.2 I cannot see its setup page but just a moment ago via wireless I was able to see router status page for 3seconds and then it dropped again and I couldn't see it again.
     
  10. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Well, that's weird. I suggest changing encryption on both to WPA PSK AES on both and pulling the power on both then plugging them back in.
     
  11. dumbfound

    dumbfound Addicted to LI Member

    yeah i pull power out of router 192.168.1.2 still cant access the page only way is to do a reset. did i do the configuration correctly?
     
  12. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I don't know if you did the configuration correctly. Did you try setting the encryption on both to WPA PSK AES?
     
  13. dumbfound

    dumbfound Addicted to LI Member

    yes i did..... the configuration i posted it on the pictures no?
     
  14. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    The only pictures I see, from your first post, don't look like that to me.
     
  15. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    I know this really doesn't help much, but I use a second router in my garage for two computers. This router is in Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode. Once I got everything set up, I can't access the web gui of the garage router. Everything works great, but if I need to change any settings, I have to reset the router and start all over.

    It's killing me too, btw...I bet that router has an uptime of several months.:tongue:
     
  16. dumbfound

    dumbfound Addicted to LI Member

    really? thats interesting... but i cant even get the internet to work =(
     
  17. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I've seen that in bridge mode as well but don't know a lot of detail about it since I've never run in bridge mode for any substantial time. But I've never seen it in WDS mode which I've run for many years.

    FYI, dumbfound:

    I changed my remote WDS router security to WPA PSK + TKIP and my primary router security to WPA PSK + TKIP / AES.

    The WDS bridge showed a connection on the device pages of both routers but neither router could access the other across the llink, as I suspected would happen.

    Then I plugged a cat5 cabe into the remote router, set a static IP address on the same subnet, and tried to bring up the web interface of the remote router. Didn't work. Closed the browser window, opened another and then I was able to access the GUI. I'm using Micro$oft IE6 which, based on previous experience, seems to cache arp info, so a new window was required to bring up the same IP with the wired MAC vs the wireless MAC.
     
  18. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    When I put my router in bridge mode I manually changed the ip of the second router, then changed the mode, but it would never work.
    Try resetting the second router, then set up the security, then put it in wds mode. Don't change the ip, subnet, etc.
    I don't know if that will help, but it's worth a try.
     
  19. Cytomax

    Cytomax Network Guru Member

    Don't mean to thread jack but i am having a very similar experience... im setting up a network with a few WRT54GL and 3 of them work perfectly but for some reason when i set up the fourth i cant access it and i have to do a hard reset to set it up again then once i set it up i cant access it...and yes i am physically plugged into the device and have manually entered an ip subnet and gateway...the weird part is i am repeating the same settings with all the WRT54GL minus the ip address of course and #4 just wont play with me...
     

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