Difference between Wired Ethernet Bridge and WDS+AP modes?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by rlbond86, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. rlbond86

    rlbond86 Guest

    So, I have 2 routers running Tomato. One is in regular AP mode, connected to my cable modem. The other is in Wired Ethernet Bridge mode, it's at the other end of my house, connected to my Xbox 360 and desktop computer. So that's all well and good, except that I wanted it to also act as a wireless repeater. I was reading the documentation about WDS+AP mode. I was wondering why isn't this called Wired Ethernet Bridge + AP. Would this solve my problems? Due to having servers set up, I need all of my devices on the same subnet and able to talk to each other. Would this mode do what I want?

    Is it the same as http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeater_Bridge? I really like Tomato better than DD-WRT (which I switched from a few years ago). But, if they are not the same, I could switch back :frown:
  2. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    WDS and Wireless Ethernet Bridge are completely different protocols. In terms of what's happening on the inside, they are not the same at all. They just happen to give similar looking results.

    As one example, your XBOX 360 router can be a WEB without bothering to tell your main router. It just works. On the other hand, if you make the XBOX 360 into a WDS+AP device, it requires configuration on both ends. With great power comes great configuration aggravation.

    Or if your neighbor has free WiFi, you can easily set up a WEB to use it. But you couldn't set up a WDS unless you broke into his router.

    These are the standard names for the protocols. It would be confusing for Tomato to use different names.
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