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WET vs client mode

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by RonWessels, Oct 9, 2005.

  1. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    I wonder if someone could explain to me the functional difference between WET mode and client mode?

  2. hotrat

    hotrat Network Guru Member

    WET ( also known as client bridge) = NON routed ie the SAME subnet

    client mode = routed ie different subnets
  3. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    Got it, thanks.

    Another question, if I may: what is the difference between establishing a WET link with an access point and establishing a WDS link between two access points?
  4. SirDracula

    SirDracula Network Guru Member

    I think for a WET link you won't be able to use the AP that acts as the client as an AP also. In other words, you can only have wired clients attached to it, the wireless part acts as a client bridge, it can't serve other wireless clients.

    For WDS, the signal is "replicated" so you can have clients attached to it. But I think for WDS you only get half the bandwidth.

    So you have to decide whether you want WET or WDS based on what you're willing to compromise on.

    More questions unfortunately ...

    Question 1:
    Now, what's unclear to me is whether both wireless AP's need to support WDS or it's enough if the Linksys can do WDS and it can be used against say a dumb Netgear AP that doesn't support WDS.

    Question 2:
    If the Linksys is in client mode and different subnets are being used, does one have to add any static routes manually to make it work? When I tried it I could not get it to work but didn't spend too much time on it as WET was good enough for me.
  5. qingz

    qingz Network Guru Member

    Both AP need to support WDS.

    Yes, you must add a static routes in the AP to allow the computers connected to the AP get access to the computers connected to the Client.

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