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WDS weirdness

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by probsdorg, May 5, 2005.

  1. probsdorg

    probsdorg Network Guru Member

    Here is my setup:

    I have a cable modem with a static IP address. I have a WRT54GS connected to the cable modem. I am not using DHCP on the WRT54GS and neither of my wireless clients use DHCP, everything is static ( even on the internal LAN ). I am using Alchemy-V1.0 v3.37.6.8sv as the firmware. The internal IP of the WRT54GS connected to the cable modem is 192.168.1.1 and is in AP mode. I also have the Internet address and DNS ( from my ISP ) set up in this router. MAC filtering is on, and my 2 laptops that are allowed to connect have their MAC addresses listed here. In the WDS section, I have the MAC address of my second wireless router, a WRT54G ( at the other end of the house ) in LAN mode. The IP of the 2 laptop clients are 192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.3. Both connect fine.

    The WRT54G ( at the other end of the house ) is configured as such. DHCP is off, Internet Connection type is disabled. The IP address of this router is 192.168.1.50 and the gateway is 192.168.1.1. MAC filtering is on, and my two laptop clients ( 192.168.1.2 and 192.168.1.3 ) are listed. In the WDS section, I have the WRT54GS's MAC address listed ( one connected to the cable modem ) in LAN mode. Both SSIDs on each router is the same, but the router names differ. Both wireless network modes are Mixed since I have two ethernet interfaces connected to the roter that is connected to the cable modem. Both routers are on the same channel and running the same Alchemy Firmware. SSID Broadcast is OFF on both routers. Security is WPA-Shared Key on both routers and each has the same connection password. Lazy WDS and Lazy Subnet are disabled.

    When doing a site survey, I see both routers. The one at the other end of the house signal is 54% and the one connected to the cable modem which is in the same room as I is 100%. I can connect to both routers and access the internet.

    BUT, when I go into the room ( on the other side of the house ) and do a site survey and connect to the WRT54G the signal is STILL 54% as if I am connected to the one in the other room which is connected to the cable modem.

    I can connect to the router administration screen via 192.168.1.1 ( one connected to the cable modem ), but CANNOT connect to administration screen of 192.168.1.50 when I am connected to 192.168.1.50.

    Basically, I see both routers in a site survey, each having a different signal and MAC address, when I connect to either one, its as if I'm still only accessing the router that is connected directly to the cable modem.

    Thoughts?

    Michael
     
  2. beeblebrox

    beeblebrox Network Guru Member

    Use different SSIDs

    The SSIDs do not need to match w/ WDS. Thus, make them different, such as SSID1 and SSID2.
     

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