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Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode vs. just having a second access point

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by shredhead, May 4, 2011.

  1. shredhead

    shredhead Networkin' Nut Member

    What's the difference between having a second router configured as an access point vs. putting Tomato or other firmware on it and enabling Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode?

    I have a rather old router I put upstairs as a second access point. I have it with the same SSID and WPA2 just on a different channel than the main router that runs Tomato. It seems to work, but the device itself sometimes craps out so I am considering what to do with its replacement. I could go cheap or I could make sure it's Tomato compatible to take advantage of Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode.
  2. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    Depends on how you connect to the "slave" router. You hard wired, using wireless, etc.? And when you say it seems to work, how is the one you have now configured?
  3. shredhead

    shredhead Networkin' Nut Member

    The second router is wired. The wireless settings pretty much mimic what the main router has (SSID, WPA, preamble setting, etc.) except for the channel being different so they don't conflict. From time to time there are connection problems but it seems to be the reliability of this second device, not an incorrect configuration (if you reset the router, things go back to working).

    So, if my second one is wired, do I have some kind of advantage to using the bridge mode?

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