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Regarding WDS (Wireless Distribution System)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Kiwi8, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    If I just want the routers to communicate with each other, I can just enable WDS on the wireless part without Access Point rite?

    Example:
    1)
    Router 1: WDS
    Router 2: WDS
    Router 3: WDS

    Will the above suffer from the half bandwidth penalty?

    And what does the following do?
    2)
    Router 1: AP + WDS
    Router 2: WDS
    Router 3: WDS

    3)
    Router 1: AP + WDS
    Router 2: AP + WDS
    Router 3: AP + WDS

    Will the above suffer from the half bandwidth penalty too?
     
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    If WDS is used to make a transparent wired-to-wireless-to-wired bridge, there is not wireless "repeating" and therefore no bandwidth degradation. When you have an AP repeating a wireless packet wirelessly, then you have degradation.
     
  3. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I agree that WDS is not inherently a repeater. But, depending on the topology you set up by controlling links with MAC addresses, you certainly can use WDS to effectively set up a layer 2 repeater with as many hops as you like. In this scenario, given that these routers have only only one radio, I would think that you get some degradation with each hop, right?
     
  4. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    Yeah thanks.
     

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