Daisy Chain WRT54G in WDS mode

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Hendrik, Apr 9, 2005.

  1. Hendrik

    Hendrik Network Guru Member

    Hello everyone, Im a nub to this forum and recently stumbled across it via googlin. I found it to be quite an impressive site, and I too am somewhat of a linksys fan. However I was unaware of the available fireware mods and am quite impressed with everyones efforts and skill to show the true potential of linksys products.

    Well anyway to get the point, I read quite a bit about several different version of firmware and am still a bit confused as to which would be best for my needs. I was hoping i could get a clue in with just a couple of opinions out there.

    I will explain what I would like to do, im still uncertain if its even possible with the WRT54G.

    I'd like to purchase 5 of these and setup a Secure WDS group between them to distribute a 6meg DSL connection to 5 apartments all besides one another.

    Now I just want the connection shared nothing else, I do not want anyone to be able to access one another.

    The idea here to do share out my connection and live with free DSL. Also to provide redundancy, If one client drops connection and another is relying on that one who dropped it will just focus on another client at next available distance. Like a Mesh topology.

    I read that each Router added to WDS drops half the original speed because of WDS then also decrease delay because of a single hop count. Is this correct?

    Any help would be appreciated. Keep up the good advice/firmware!

  2. Hendrik

    Hendrik Network Guru Member

  3. Guyfromhe

    Guyfromhe Network Guru Member

    well i'm no WDS expert (never used it all my routers are connected via wires to eachother)
    I assume the lazywds setting would have them connect to whatever router is around so it should hop to a different router but i'm sure someone who knows more about WDS can confirm/deny this...
    you can setup firewall rules on the router to block the other routers subnets or block the user from sending packets to any subnet but their own (would be easiest if you locked the end user out of the router config).
    The linksys units only have 1 radio so when they hear the signal and repeat it they can't continue sending/recieving data so you do loose about half your speed, weither that happens all the way down the wds link or just once between the two connected routers i'm not 100% sure, again someone whos using WDS should be able to answer that... hopefully that helps somewhat.
  4. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    There are many examples in the forum of people doing similar things, everybody is set up differently based on their hardware and environment.

    Personally I have 2 WRTs with Sveasoft Satori firmware using WDS, and yes the throughput is halved for each hop.

    Another more recent firmware option worth investigating is DD-WRT, of course WDS and the throughput halving is still the same.
  5. Hendrik

    Hendrik Network Guru Member

    Thanks guys

    so would you say that one should keep there WDS groups as small as possible to avoid halving the connection to pieces?

    Reason i ask is because i was considering on dropping the bandwidth to 1-2mbit on all WRT's to extend the range of the AP's. But if its going to half my already small throughput of 1mbit i will then have to keep my bandwidth higher and use repeaters for achiving distance.

    Im only using the WRT's for an internet connection distribution nothing else...

    Thanks in advance.
  6. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    The throughput from the client to the WRT providing the internet access is halved for each additional WDS bridge WRT, so the idea would be to deploy the bridge WRTs in such a way as to reduce the number of hops for each client to access the internet.

    The halving of the throughput does not affect your internet connection, so as long as each client gets 1-2 mb/s through to the Internet WRT they will be happy.
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