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WPA2 and WDS

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by bigclaw, Dec 12, 2006.

  1. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    I have the following setup and couldn't get WDS to work with WPA2.

    WRTSL54GS/Thibor 16beta/AP+WDS
    WRT54GL/Thibor 15c/WDS

    According to Thibor's website, WPA2 should work, except that he used two WRT54GSes to conduct the test.

    Does anybody have essentially the same setup and is able to get WPA2 working? The highest security I could get working was WPA AES. As soon as I switch to WPA2, the two routers will no longer be able to see each other.
  2. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    wds does work. it's stated on my site because i use it myself.
  3. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    Yeah, I have no reason not to believe you, so I'm trying to see what I'm doing wrong. Since I already got WDS working under WPA-AES, switching to WPA2-AES is simply selecting a different item in the wireless security drop down. As soon as I do that, however, the two routers stop talking to each other.

    I'll keep trying; it must be something simple...
  4. cgondo

    cgondo Network Guru Member

    I assume you do have the same SSID on the two routers as i believe this is required even to make WPA work?
  5. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    I double-checked the settings last night, didn't find any problem, and rebooted both routers, and WPA2 suddenly started working.

    Considering that I had not changed my password for a long time, I proceeded to change the password. Reboot both routers again, and WPA2 no longer worked. :) Changed back to WPA, it worked without my rebooting routers. Changed again to WPA2. turned both routers off, waited a few minutes, and turned them on again. After a while, WPA2 started working. :)

    I guess I'll have to figure out whatever timing or handshake tricks to make my setup consistently work. :)
  6. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    A reboot is always good when you change security settings, especially when you WDS. Also, sometimes, if you wait a while without rebooting, the WDS link comes up. I think the code checks for WDS partner(s) once every x minutes/hours, while a reboot forces it.

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