WDS and security

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by Team140, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. Team140

    Team140 Network Guru Member

    I've both searched as well as tried mutiple configurations with no success as of yet to get some security on my 3 WRT54G WDS setup

    Does anyone have a tried and true method of getting secure WDS communications going on? I'm using DD-WRT v.23b2 14.10.2005 on all three routers and have one B device, while the rest are G devices.

    Each time I attempt to secure (tried WEP and WPA-PSK+TKIP), the routers refuse to communicate with each other and the WDS signal in each router shows 0 signal to the others.

  2. Team140

    Team140 Network Guru Member

    No ideas yet? Somebody has to have this type of setup working.
  3. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Sorry don't know what to tell you. It's always worked fine for me. Maybe try holding reset button for 30sec on both routers which will reset them to default settings and then reconfigure using the WDS setup guide

    Here's another potential resource.

    Good luck
  4. aaaaaa

    aaaaaa Network Guru Member

    WEP works fine in WDS. There have been reports of small packet loss when using WPA with WDS. When I tried WPA with WDS, I did experience a 5% packet loss. This was a long time ago, so perhaps it is no longer a problem (anyone?).

    Once you configure all units for WEP, you should do a hard reboot of each. I unplug the power from them for a few seconds... When they come back up, it takes a little while for them to settle and show accurate rssi values.
  5. philet

    philet Network Guru Member

    I have exactly the same problem I'm using two WRT54GS V4 with "dd-wrt.v23_wrt54gsv4.bin" as firmware. WDS works, and I can connect my laptop to router #1 (the one with the connection to the internet).
    When I set up security (WPA Pre-shared Key, algorythm does not mather, it works not), I've tried everything exactly the same on both routers, the connection is lost. My laptop can still connect to router #1, of course after setting up WPA too. But the connection between the two routers does not come up, even after having them unpluged over night...
    So if anyone has more information about this problem I would be happy if they share.

  6. Team140

    Team140 Network Guru Member

    I'm using Firmware: DD-WRT v23 (11/24/05) as of now and am happy to report it works perfectly. No disconnects or hangs at all on any WRT
  7. philet

    philet Network Guru Member

    I'm using the same firmware you are using, Team140. And guess what: after writing the previos post I tried in one more time and *bing* it worked. With WPA and TKIP. I don't know what went wrong before. But now it works the way i want!!! :cheering: :thumb:

    THANKS (even if it just needed one more try...)

    But there is still one thing I don't understand. Even when using MAC-filtering on the second router (Prevent PCs listed from accessing the wireless network) and having the MAC-address from my laptop configured on router #1 I sometimes get connected to router #2... OK, this is not a big thing, but still confusing.

  8. Team140

    Team140 Network Guru Member

    All three routers share information with one another. If you can connect with one, you will be able to connect to the other.

    AFAIK, there's no way to lock out a client from using other APs in a WDS environment.
  9. MentalV

    MentalV Network Guru Member

    ??? I can use MAC filtering and my laptop will not connect to the AP where the MAC is not configured to be used. I did this because on of my routers offers better signal strenght in most areas of my place while the other doesnt reach to the other side of the house.

    By filtering the laptop MAC out of the one that doesnt offer good signal I can roam the house and always have good signal.
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