Difference between WDS, AP+WDS, Wireless Client, Wireless Ethernet Bridge

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by luckman212, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. luckman212

    luckman212 LI Guru Member


    can somebody point me to a FAQ or definitive guide on the exact differences between these wireless modes? The capabilities, Pros & Cons of each etc. I have google'd but come up with lots of hearsay and conflicting info.

    I'm troubleshooting a setup at a friend's house where he's got 5 tomato routers in a AP+WDS topology. He is having slow speeds from certain areas in the house. All routers are in AP+WDS mode, but I believe that actually some of these units might be better set up as pure "WDS" or perhaps just "Wireless Ethernet Bridge" devices. For example, there is one router that we are just using to give internet access to a Verizon 3g network extender that has only ethernet. I believe this router should be in just Wireless Ethernet Bridge mode, yes?

    Also, I have read that routers other than the "main" router (the one that has WAN access) should be put into "router" mode instead of the default "gateway". Is this true? Again, what are the differences between these two modes?

    :smile:thanks much for the info!
  2. luckman212

    luckman212 LI Guru Member

    bump - wow, nobody knows? :unsure:
  3. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    This post explained the different modes available:

    If you friend has 5 units running on WDS in the same house, his throughput is going to be pretty dreadful. It would make a huge difference if the AP's were wired by CAT5e cable to the router. Google or search the forum for information on why this is so.
  4. bswenso2

    bswenso2 Addicted to LI Member

    The only thing I can add is that the router for the Verizon 3G extender would be better set to Wireless Ethernet Bridge. I also believe every other router except for the one hosting the internet connection should be set to router instead of gateway. Not sure about that though, been awhile since I learned about networking with routers.
  5. luckman212

    luckman212 LI Guru Member

    thanks. so in this (rough) diagram, would the changes in red be suitable?

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