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WDS don't work

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by pum, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. pum

    pum Network Guru Member

    Hi,

    first of all I want to thank you to build up a new public forum :).

    My Version is:


    Satori-pre3 beta build
    version 2_2.00.8.7sv


    Now my problem:

    I've got two WRT54G (v2) and I (still) want to get wds working between both.

    I've disabled all the security stuff (firewall mac wep ...).

    My network looks:

    Router1 (with inet) <--> wrt1 <--> wrt2 <--> router 2

    wrt1 got this ips:

    br0
    inet addr:172.10.1.1 Bcast:172.10.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    wds0.2
    inet addr:10.100.100.1 Bcast:10.255.255.255 Mask:255.255.255.252

    wrt2 got this ips:

    br0
    inet addr:172.10.2.1 Bcast:172.10.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    wds0.2
    inet addr:10.100.100.2 Bcast:10.255.255.255 Mask:255.255.255.252


    My wds interfaces are 10.100.100.1 and 10.100.100.2

    after every reboot (and I did a lot of reboots :)) I've typed "brctl addif br0 wds0.2"

    So it should work right ? But it doesn't work and I've got NO clue why ?

    So I hope anybody have got the one and only great idea ...

    By the way ... can it be that theire is a difference between wrt v1 and v2 with "brctl addif ..." ?

    Will be very thankfule for any answers.

    greetz

    pum
     
  2. pkitester

    pkitester Network Guru Member

    I agree

    I can't get it to work either. I posted the question of how to set up a wds bridge already and nobody has responded. Even trying to manually run the wl wds command at the telnet prompt comes back with errors. So I don't think this firmware works at all in the two boxes I bought.
     
  3. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    WDS: Document, solve and publish as a FAQ

    I now have 2x WRT54G, and have made a first long unsuccessful, frustrating attempt to get WDS working trying to follow:
    http://docs.sveasoft.com/SV-Wireless-WDS.html

    As soon as I do the final steps of enabling WDS I loss connectivity to the second WRT both wireless and LAN. This means hard reset back to factory defaults and starting again!

    I suggest we put together a detailed step by step setup documentation that we each apply and re-fine until it works. And when it does, and I am determined that it does, we can publish it as a FAQ. I will document my set up this evening (+12 or so hours).

    If anyone out there has actually got WDS working between 2x WRT54G it would be great if they could review the setup and comment any differences. In fact if anybody does actually have it currently functioning for 2X WRT54G with Satori firmware, PLEASE post a reply to encourage us!
     
  4. cthetoy

    cthetoy Network Guru Member

  5. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    Got it working - should this be a FAQ?

    So after yesterdays attempt I re-read all the collective knowledge of http://www.linksysinfo.org and http://www.sveasoft.com WDS forums.

    I started a lot earlier in the evening with a lot clearer head and finally it was very straight forward. Last night I was not entering the "Status/Wireless" menu MAC address in the WDS menu, instead I was using the MAC address from the "Status/Router" menu.

    http://docs.sveasoft.com/SV-Wireless-WDS.html is of course accurate. For other novices trying this for the first time I suggest to keep it as simple as possible. Below is a complete list of the setup changes I made to get it to work.
    Obviously it will not suit everybody's needs but as a simple example it may be worth posting as a FAQ. If anybody wants to comment, or try it they are welcome.


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Simple example using 2 WRT54G wireless routers and WDS. WRT1 has the internet connection and DHCP server. WRT2 is used as a repeater and is connected to WRT1 with WDS. No advanced routing changes (on either WRT), Lazy WDS disabled, and WDS subnet disabled.

    1) Initial actions on each WRT
    Firmware Version: Satori-4.0 v2.07.1.7sv
    Hard reset (held for 30 seconds).
    Reset factory defaults from "Administration/Factory Defaults" menu


    2) On WRT1
    WRT1 has the Internet connection and DHCP server.
    "Setup/Basic Setup" menu
    Network Setup/Router IP
    Local IP Address: 192.168.1.1
    Gateway: 0.0.0.0
    Network Setup/Network Address Server Settings (DHCP)
    DHCP Server: Enable
    "Wireless/Basic Settings" menu
    Wireless Mode: AP
    And the other settings as desired.
    "Wireless/Security" menu
    Security mode: Disable or WEP only.
    If WEP complete settings appropriately.
    "Security/Firewall" menu
    Firewall
    Firewall Protection: Enable
    Block WAN Requests
    Block Anonymous Internet Requests checked
    "Administration/Management" menu
    Loopback: Disable
    802.1x: Disable

    3) On WRT2
    WRT2 is the repeater
    "Setup/Basic Setup" menu
    Network Setup/Router IP
    Local IP Address: 192.168.1.2
    Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    Network Setup/Network Address Server Settings (DHCP)
    DHCP Server: Disable
    "Wireless/Basic Settings" menu
    Wireless Mode: AP
    Wireless Network Name (SSID): Something different from the SSID for WRT1, so that to test you can specify which WRT you connect to by setting the appropriate SSID on the client.
    Wireless Channel: Must be the same as WRT1.
    And for simplicity the other settings the same as for WRT1.
    "Wireless/Security" menu
    The same as WRT1
    "Security/Firewall" menu
    Firewall
    Firewall Protection: Disable
    Block WAN Requests
    Block Anonymous Internet Requests unchecked
    "Administration/Management" menu
    Loopback: Disable
    802.1x: Disable

    4) At this point check that each WRT is accessible bt LAN and WLAN.
    WRT2 will not yet have internet access or be able to connect to WRT1.
    For each WRT note the wireless MAC address from the
    "Status/Wireless" menu

    5) Now it is time to enable WDS on each of the WRTs.
    On WRT1
    "Wireless/WDS" menu
    Wireless WDS
    On the first line select LAN in the dropdown and enter the wireless MAC address from step 4 for WRT2.
    Lazy WDS: Disable
    WDS Subnet: Disable
    On WRT2
    "Wireless/WDS" menu
    Wireless WDS
    On the first line select LAN in the dropdown and enter the wireless MAC
    address from step 4 for WRT1.
    Lazy WDS: Disable
    WDS Subnet: Disable

    Note: "Wireless/WDS" menu may have a error on the page, ignore.


    6) Power off each WRT and then power on again.

    It may take a minute or so to be able to connect to each WRT. Be patient.


    Checklist:
    Use the wireless MAC address from the "Status/Wireless" menu and NOT the "Status/Router" or "Status/Local Network" menus!
    Make sure only one router has dhcp enabled.
    Make sure wds subnet is disabled.
    Disable loopback.
    You can use the firewall on WRT1.
     
  6. cthetoy

    cthetoy Network Guru Member

    Great. Got mine working finally. You can leave the firewall settings on instead of off for both routers. Make sure you do a hard reset both routers first before you work on this.
     
  7. pkitester

    pkitester Network Guru Member

    Still nothing

    I am still pretty darn annoyed. I don't consider myself a newbie.

    I have followed the instrux in this and every other post I can find and it still doesn't work. I know the routers work since I can set them up in a client/ap mode and they connect just fine. But WDS doesn't work whatsoever. I have checked the MAC addresses a million times, I've even tried LAZY WDS in case I was making a mistake.

    Do you have to run the brctl command? It just errors out for me saying there is no wds0.2. Running the wl wds mac command gives me am "eth1: invalid argument" error. Which sorta tells me that the doesn't work, and never will, or could.

    I am ready to return these POS. Can anyone offer help? What do you see when you run a ipconfig -a when you get it working? What version routers are you using that work?
     
  8. pkitester

    pkitester Network Guru Member

    wth

    Well it seems if you turn on "afterburner" mode in the wireless config, the wl wds command fails with the "eth1 invalid argument" which is what screws up WDS... nice firmware... NOT!

    Turning it back to G mode only... whoopie, I got a bridge going... at a blazing 7mbs max going all of 10ft across a room. I am not impressed at all. That is with the power boosted a little too. My original WAP 1.0 goes that fast...and that is 802.11b.

    Ideas?
     
  9. olanin

    olanin Network Guru Member

    Im playing around with it now. Under WDS it has choice for either P2P or LAN. I chose lan for both, and in one put the one WRT54G mac and the other WRT54G put the other's mac in. I'll play around and see what happnes. Thanks.
     
  10. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    Re: wth

    Thanks pkitester, I'll add that to the "checklist".
     
  11. waltzingbear

    waltzingbear Network Guru Member

    I too spent time going thru all the post to try and decipher the WDS stuff and finally got it working just before I found this thread, which has bacically the same approach that I used.

    However....

    I don't have the DHCP working thru the system to the LAN outputs on the router. Can this be done? I have a computer connected to the LAN port of WRT2 with WDS running and both units in AP mode. It will work just fine if I set its NIC with a static IP to the "proper" settings (I'm currently on line and writing this thru WRT2), but left on DHCP it sees 0.0.0.0, not useful. Wireless connections thru the unit work fine with DHCP.

    Yes, yes, it isn't supposed to do all this stuff. But isn't that why we are all talking? To capsulate, I want a box that extends the range of my wireless net and allows a local connection at the same time.

    Here is the status info for the setup. Note that the WRT2/LAN connected computer does not show up in the DHCP table. (of course not, thats why I had to set the NIC static)

    WRT1 Router - Wed, 18 Aug 2004 08:54:23.

    Router

    Firmware Version: Satori-4.0 v2.07.1.7sv
    Current Time: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 08:54:23
    MAC Address: 00:0F:xx:xx:xx:xx
    Router Name: WRT1
    Host Name:
    Domain Name:
    Uptime: 08:54:23 up 9:11, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

    Internet


    Configuration Type
    Login Type: Automatic Configuration - DHCP
    IP Address: 192.168.0.2
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway: 192.168.0.1
    DNS 1: 206.26.36.34
    DNS 2: 198.107.0.14
    DNS 3: 192.168.0.1

    LAN

    MAC Address: 00:0F:xx:xx:xx:xx
    IP Address: 192.168.1.1
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    DHCP Server: Enabled
    Start IP Address: 192.168.1.100
    End IP Address: 192.168.1.149

    Wireless

    MAC Address: 00:0F:xx:xx:xx:xx
    Mode: AP
    Network: B-Only
    SSID: Wireless
    DHCP Server: Enabled
    Channel: 9
    Rate 54 mbps
    Encryption: Disabled
    WDS Signal: 00:0F:xx:xx:xx:xx rssi –40


    DHCP Active IP Table

    DHCP Server IP Address: 192.168.1.1
    Client Host Name IP Address MAC Address Expires
    the wife 192.168.1.100 00:30:xx:xx:xx:xx 20:48:20

    Firewall
    Firewall Protection: Disable
    Block WAN Requests Disable Block Anonymous Internet Requests



    WRT2 – Wed, 18 Aug 2004 08:54:23

    Router Information

    Firmware Version: Satori-4.0 v2.07.1.7sv
    Current Time: Not Available
    MAC Address : 00:0F:xx:xx:xx:xx
    Router Name: WRT2
    Host Name:
    Domain Name:
    Uptime: 09:27:03 up 9:27, load average: 0.24, 0.05, 0.01

    Internet


    Configuration Type
    Login Type: Automatic Configuration - DHCP
    IP Address: 0.0.0.0
    Subnet Mask: 0.0.0.0
    Default Gateway: 0.0.0.0
    DNS 1: 206.26.36.34
    DNS 2: 198.107.0.14
    DNS 3: 192.168.0.1


    Local Network


    MAC Address: 00:0F:xx:xx:xx:xx
    IP Address: 192.168.1.5
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    DHCP Server: Disabled
    Start IP Address: 192.168.1.100
    End IP Address: 192.168.1.149

    Wireless

    MAC Address: 00:0F:xx:xx:xx:xx
    Mode: AP
    Network: B-Only
    SSID: Wireless
    DHCP Server: Disabled
    Channel: 9
    Rate: 54 mbps
    Encryption: Disabled
    Clients: 00:30:xx:xx:xx:xx rssi -58
    WDS Signal: 00:0F:xx:xx:xx:xx rssi –39

    DHCP Active IP Table

    DHCP Server IP Address: 192.168.1.5
    Client Host Name IP Address MAC Address Expires
    None None None None

    Firewall
    Firewall Protection: Disable
    Block WAN Requests Disable Block Anonymous Internet Requests
     
  12. eblood

    eblood Guest

    Must I activate WDS on both router ??

    When I go to status->wireless page , I see WDS : <mac address> rssi 0..

    Why ?
     
  13. waltzingbear

    waltzingbear Network Guru Member

    you have to tell each box to llook at the other, so yes, you need to enable WDS in both boxes. Each one with the MAC of the other.

    RSSI=0 means that its looking, but has no signal coming to it.(as the other box is not WDS enabled)

    My system has been running since August just fine with 3 boxes all talking well.

    good luck
     
  14. lobo

    lobo Network Guru Member

    I have my two routers talking fine with each other via WDS but I have WDS subnet enabled and with a /30 IP block. Would this method not also work for others?

    Lobo
     
  15. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

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