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WDS Problem

Discussion in 'Tarifa Firmware' started by stcham, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. stcham

    stcham LI Guru Member

    Hello,

    I have two Linksys WRT54GL routers, both flashed with the Tarifa B031 firmware. I would like one of them to act as a repeater for the other, but so far I have been unable to make it work.

    The first router is connected to the internet through PPPoE and has following configuration:

    Router IP, Local IP Address: 192.168.0.1, Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    DHCP Server Enabled, starting ip: 192.168.0.100, max dhcp users: 50
    Wireless network mode: mixed
    SSID: Homenet
    Wireless channel: 1
    SSID broadcast: enabled
    Mode: Access Point
    Bridge restrict: Disabled
    No remote bridges entered.
    Wireless security: WPA Personal
    WPA Algorithm: AES
    WPA Shared Key: x
    Wireless Mac filter disabled

    If I look in the wireless status window of my internet connected router, I see the following:

    MAC Address : 00:18:F8:F1:F6:FA
    Mode : Mixed
    SSID : Homenet
    DHCP Server : Enabled
    Channel : 1
    Rx signal Clients: 00:11:50:A9:14:EA rssi -82
    Rx Signal WDS: 00:1C:10:A4:22:E4 rssi -30
    Tx Signal Strenght: tssi: CCK 35, OFDM 2
    TX Rate: rate is 24 Mbps
    Tx Power (dbm): CCK 14.75 OFDM 14.75
    Encryption Function : Enable


    My second router should be the repeater and is clearly not connected to the internet. Its settings are:

    Internet setup: Automatic Configuration - DHCP
    Router Ip: Local IP Address 192.168.0.2, subnetmask 255.255.255.0
    DHCP server disabled

    Wireless network mode: Mixed
    SSID: Homenet
    Wireless Channel: 1
    SSID Broadcast: enabled
    Mode: Access Point
    Bridge restrict: disabled
    Remote bridges: 00:18:F8:F1:F6:FA
    Wireless security: WPA Personal
    WPA Algorithm: AES
    WPA Shared Key: x
    Wireless Mac filter disabled

    If I look in its wireless status window, I see:

    MAC Address : 00:1C:10:A4:22:E4
    Mode : Mixed
    SSID : Homenet
    DHCP Server : Disabled
    Channel : 1
    Rx signal Clients: 00:18:DE:64:CC:8D rssi -41
    Rx Signal WDS: 00:18:F8:F1:F6:FA rssi -28
    Tx Signal Strenght: tssi: CCK 34, OFDM 3
    TX Rate: rate is 54 Mbps
    Tx Power (dbm): CCK 14.25 OFDM 14.25
    Encryption Function : Enabled

    Pcs connected (either wireless or with cable) to my internet-connected router can access everything. I can also connect to the repeater (either wireless or through ethernetcable). However, my repeater seems to be unable to connect to my main router and vice versa. If I'm connected to the repeater, pinging to 192.168.0.1 is impossible, if i'm connected to the main router, I can't ping the repeater. All pcs attached to/connected with the repeater are unable to access the internet.

    I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing wrong, but I'm rather novice when it comes to wireless networking.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,
    Merry Christmas and a Great 2008
     
  2. jchuit

    jchuit Network Guru Member

    It looks all OK to me, and that's why I did a little testing with the same setup.

    The problem is I think the wireless security, wpa personal doesn't work well in WDS mode if 802.11b is used.

    You should use G-only mode in combination with WPA, or use WEP security.

    I hope this info helps,
    greetings
    jchuit
     
  3. stcham

    stcham LI Guru Member

    Thanks

    Hey,

    Switching to WEP indeed solved the problem. Simply setting both routers to G-only mode did not change anything however.

    Thanks for the quick reply!
     

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