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Wireless modes

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Frosty2k8, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. Frosty2k8

    Frosty2k8 Addicted to LI Member

    Hey folks,
    i used the search function to find anwser, but i found nothing about this topic... maybe you can help..

    what is exactly the diffrence between the wirelessmode "Access Point + WDS" and "WDS"?

    my WDS scenario at home is:
    WRT54GL Tomato 1.21 @ frist floor (Access Point + WDS)
    WRT54GL Tomato 1.21 @ second floor, should be used as repeater (Access Point + WDS is setting this for reapting correct?)

    thx in advance!
     
  2. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    I think AP+WDS is WDS and an repeater of the original signal coming from the router (AP of the router).
    WDS is just the bridge...
     
  3. baldrickturnip

    baldrickturnip LI Guru Member

    if you want to connect to the wifi on the second floor router both need to be AP + WDS
    same SSID and put the MAC of the other 54GL in the table on each.

    some of the threads report WPA2 does not wirk with WDS setups so you may want to look at the encryption type you wish to use
     
  4. Frosty2k8

    Frosty2k8 Addicted to LI Member

    Well my setup works, just want to know what is the difference between the wireless modes "AP+WDS" and "WDS"?
    I want to repeat the signal from the first floor, so i need repeater settings and thought that "AP+WDS" is right?!

    tomato offers five modes:
    1.Access Point
    2.Access Point + WDS
    3.Wireless Client
    4.Wireless Ethernet Bridge
    5.WDS


    I have following setup:
    1.Floor WRT54GL v.1.1 @ tomato 1.21
    Wireless Mode = Access Point + WDS
    SSID = samessid
    Channel = 11
    Security = WPA Personal
    Encryption = AES
    Shared Key = samesharedkey
    WDS = Link With Mac of second WRT54GL

    2.Floor WRT54GL v.1.1 @ tomato 1.21
    Wireless Mode = Access Point + WDS
    SSID = samessid
    Channel = 11
    Security = WPA Personal
    Encryption = AES
    Shared Key = samesharedkey
    WDS = Link With Mac of first WRT54GL
     
  5. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    If your router is WDS, it can serve wired clients only. If it's AP+WDS, it can serve both wired and wireless clients. I used to connect my XBOX 360 downstairs to a secondary router. Since I wanted all my wireless clients to connect to the primary router, and the secondary router was exclusively serving the XBOX, I set the primary router to AP+WDS and the secondary one to WDS.

    If both routers were AP+WDS, the clients (laptops) would be roaming between these routers depending on signal strength, I think. Again, in my case, I didn't have a signal range issue, and the secondary router was deployed to eliminate the need to run CAT5 between the primary router and the XBOX.

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    It's not complicated....

    The router is always a network switch for starters, so you can always connect WIRED stuff to it through the LAN ports, just like any other network switch.

    On top of that:

    AP = Access Point, so wireless clients can connect to the router.

    WDS = WDS node - it can connect wirelessly to one or more other WDS nodes. A WDS-node-to-WDS-node link is like a wire from one switch to another switch, just without the wire...

    AP+WDS = both
     
  7. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    Exactly. :) Trying to say exactly that, also.
     
  8. Frosty2k8

    Frosty2k8 Addicted to LI Member

    Thx nice explication!!!
     

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