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WDS working in P2p?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by crawdaddy, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    I need to turn a WRT into a repeater. I tried LAN WDS, but it doesn't seem like LAN WDS supports wireless clients. Any help is always appreciated.
     
  2. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    With WDS set up on my second router, all it's doing is acting like an access point. When I disconnect the ethernet cable from the LAN port, all net dies out. My first router that is serving the net is still running stock linksys firmware (whatever the latest version is). From what I can tell, it supports WDS silently, since the Linksys repeaters run off of WDS. What am I doing wrong here? Here's the setup.

    Main router (with the net connection):
    IP: 192.168.35.1
    Sub: 255.255.255.0
    DHCP: on starting at .100
    chan 6
    SSID broadcast off
    WEP anabled

    Second router (supposed to be repeater):
    IP: 192.168.35.2
    Sub: 255.255.255.0
    DHCP: off
    chan 6
    WEP enabled
    WDS set to LAN with 1rst WRT's mac
     
  3. aaaaaa

    aaaaaa Network Guru Member

    The stock Linksys firmware does not support WDS. You will need to flash you router to dd-wrt as well in order to set up WDS between it and the second unit.
     
  4. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Actually since v2.02.2 the stock Linksys firmware has had lazy WDS support enabled. (This was done to allow the WAP54G to be used as a repeater with the WRT54G but any router/ap capable of configuring WDS settings can use a WRT running stock firmware as a repeating partner because of it.)

    As far as the trouble you're having, I'd suggest you double check the MAC address. You need to enter the wireless MAC address of router 1 into the WDS configuration page of router 2 to get the link working and the Wireless MAC address is usually NOT the same as the LAN MAC address that is printed on the bottom of the router. The wireless MAC address usually just increments the LAN MAC address 1 or 2 digits but the easiest way to be sure is by getting the MAC address from the client software on a wireless client that is associated with router 1.

    Additionally it's always best to disable any wireless security until you've got the link up and running if you're having trouble. And finally you might try enabling the SSID broadcast. (I don't believe it's necessary but again, keep things as simple as possible until you've got it working and then begin enabling security etc.)

    Good luck.
     
  5. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    I know the wireless macs are correct. I took the MAC straight off the wireless status page of the first router. I'll try diabling security temporarily. Also, do I have to have the same SSID and channel on both routers?
     
  6. aaaaaa

    aaaaaa Network Guru Member

    I wouldn't rely on Lazy WDS to get it working right. That plus possibly having a different version of the Broadcom wireless driver in the Linksys firmware just adds to the potential for problems. Just flash to dd-wrt.
     
  7. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    I guess I'll just concede and switch to dd-wrt. My first router is hosting the net connection which can't go down too often. Which is y I haven't switched it.
     
  8. aaaaaa

    aaaaaa Network Guru Member

    I have run dd-wrt on my router for a long time. Other than the UPNP bug, I have not had any problem with the core functionality of dd-wrt v23 beta.
     
  9. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Network Guru Member

    well, it doesn't really matter now. I done bricked my router past the point of no return, I think. The only thing I haven't tried is to do the JTAG method b/c I don't have the components neccesary to get it running. but I would still like to know. Thanks
     
  10. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Yes
     

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