General STP Question

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by bearcatflex, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. bearcatflex

    bearcatflex Network Guru Member

    Hi - Happy New Year

    I have been reading on the Spanning Tree Protocal and how it can stop broadcast storms.

    I have also read that off the shelf Linksys equipment (WRT45G/GS, etc) does not provide STP support.

    I am wondering if this is true or only true for older versions of the equipment.

    Is this something that Satori adds since WDS is enabled?

    My underlining thought is that I need to add wireless to a rather difficult building (brick walls). I have 3 WRT54G ready to be flashed with Satori.

    I would like to setup a LOOP (each APs contains the MAC of the other 2 APs) to ensure that the whole building is covered. Additionally, I will bridge a WAP54G from a long distance that will only see AP2.

    Is this a fesible or OK thing to do?

    AP1 has MACs of AP2 + AP3
    AP2 has MACs of AP1 + AP3 + WAP54G Bridge Mode
    AP3 has MACs of AP1 + AP2
    WAP54G Bridge Mode has MAC of AP2

    Thank you - Jim
  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I believe so and Alchemey does a bang up job at WDS improvements as well. I can't really speak for it though as I haven't used WDS. If you were to look at the sveasoft forum you will find loads of posts related to WDS mesh configs.
  3. Morpheus

    Morpheus Network Guru Member

    Yes the WDS Rocks in Alchemey 6 RC5 :wink: and u get up to 251mw
  4. pkitester

    pkitester Network Guru Member

    I am certainly no networking wizard, but loops are evil. I can't imagine why you would want to do what you are describing. The whole idea of wireless access points is that you can put a bunch of them in a single space, and the client is smart enough to speak to the one with the strongest signal as he moves around the space. There should be no reason to create a bogus network configuration where you are spoofing MACs.

    I am also not sure this would even work. To me STP is there to stop the broadcast storms when someone creates a loop by connecting wired switches together on more than one port. This is sometimes done on purpose to facilitate redundanacy. So if you have a properly connected(simple) network there should be no reason for STP at all.

    I think what you've described at best will have some clients connected to a WAP that has been "shut off" by STP and have no route to anywhere...
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