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WDS on Alchemy-equipped WRT54GS Routers

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by n7uv, Aug 20, 2005.

  1. n7uv

    n7uv Network Guru Member

    Hi all -
    I've now gotten a basic WDS system running using two WRT54GS routers and Alchemy V1.0 software. See
    for a diagram of setup and some issues.
    Now, what this WDS appears to be is running in 802.11 Bridge mode, not Repeater mode. What I'd like is that the AP2 is able to accept wireless connections from client computers as well as the WDS link from the AP1. This is what I think is called Repeater mode. I've been fooling with LazyWDS, reading some messages about WDS, and done some Googling, but no joy so far.
    I'd appreciate any insight towards solving this issue, as well as the issues that I highlighted at the above webpage.
    Thanks - Jon
  2. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Can't view your diagram... so the only suggestion I can make is to make sure the problem WRT is in AP mode.
  3. n7uv

    n7uv Network Guru Member

    Re: Alchemy-Equipped WRT54GZ Routers

    4Access -
    Thanks for the reply. There seems to be a problem with access to the home server. So, try this link

    which should work better as I don't have to deal with DDNS there.

    Both WRTs are set to AP mode (Wireless menu). I'm also now playing with a couple of other settings, but so far no joy.
  4. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Ah! Simple solution!

    1. Connect the cable from the Home Router to a LAN port on N7UV-AP1 instead of the internet port! (Main cause of all your problems)

    2. Disable DHCP server on N7UV-AP1!

    3. Suggest changing LAN IP address of N7UV-AP1 to & N7UV-AP2 to

    Setting things up in such a fashion will allow all your clients (including computer 4) to get their DHCP strait from the home router.

    I'd also suggest disabling Loopback (Administration page) as it will cause problems with wireless clients accessing shared folders on wired clients. (See the built-in help doc)

    Also, if you're interested, here's more info on the WDS throughput implications.

    BTW great documentation!! :agree:
  5. n7uv

    n7uv Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the assistance, 4Access - I adjusted the network, rebooted everything, released and renewed DHCP, and the network is working nicely. Then, flush with success, I added a bunch more to it as a test, and as I had a bunch of junk laying about.


    Same web page as before, your modifications to network are reflected in page two of the powerpoint presentation.

    Thanks again, Jon

    p.s., thanks for compliment. without good documentation, I'm never sure what I've got.
  6. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Glad you got it working! :thumb:

    Sent you a PM as well.

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