Concept Issue Problem

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by AMH, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. AMH

    AMH Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi everyone,

    I am a newbie on TomatoUSB firmware. I am doing some research, currently I am trying to change the channel in infrastructure mode.
    my problem is that I am unable to distinguish between station (sta) mode and access point (ap) mode. I know about the ad-hoc mode and infrastructure mode, but I do not know which one of them (sta/ap) is an infrastructure mode, or may be if both of them compose the infrastructure mode!!!
    could please anyone help me in this issue?

    Thank you in advance.
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    AP = Access Point - Clients (STAs) can connect to this AP. An AP can only exist in infrastructure mode.
    STA = Station - the device acts like a wireless network card, and can connect to APs in infrastructure mode, OR it can connect to other STAs in ad hoc mode. Also, in infrastructure mode, the radio can only talk to APs, so any devices such as PCs you want connected to the STA should be via wired connections.

    "TomatoRouterConfiguredAsSTA-NetworkCable-WIREDNetwordCardInPC" is equal to "WIRELESSNetworkCardInPC"
  3. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Exactly, in station mode the router acts as a wireless bridge for an ethernet device. It can't accept client connections, it can only make a connection to another router as a client.
  4. AMH

    AMH Networkin' Nut Member

    First of all, thank you both so much, I really appreciate your help. I think that the things became clearer now.
    I am currently working to change the channel dynamically in infrastructure mode (E3000 router as AP and several PCs as stations/clients). As I understood from your replies, I should work to change the used channel in both (Sta & AP ) modes in my code to change the working channel for my router and my PCs(wireless Cards). Am I right??

    Thank You
  5. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Yes, the AP and STA should be on the same channel in order to communicate.
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