Is Wired WDS Possible?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by bstegner, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. bstegner

    bstegner Network Guru Member

    I currently have wireless WDS working on 2 of my WRT54g's using Sveasoft, but I do not like the 50% loss in bandwidth. I have read that you can wire the two routers together to fix this, but I can't seem to find any instructions on how to do this. Anybody know how? or if this is even possible?

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    WDS = Wireless Distribution System

    having a Wired WDS is not Possible as there would be NO wireless connect would there.

    of course you can join 2 Routers together however.
  3. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    What you're looking for is just using the second router as an acces point - which can certainly be done!
  4. bstegner

    bstegner Network Guru Member

    So I guess what I wanted to do is not possible. I was hoping that I could put one router on one side of my house and the other router on the opposite side, connect them with a network cable, and use only one wireless network. I guess that I can setup the second router with a second wireless network and then setup both networks on all my clients, but that doesn't sound very technically challenging... I like to make things complicated :)

    Thanks for you info.
  5. bstegner

    bstegner Network Guru Member

    Ok, I got it to work the way I wanted it too, just didn't think it would be so easy. :) I didn't know you could connect both WRT54G's via a cable and then use both AP's with the same SSID, channel and password. I thought the AP's would have to talk to each other, like in WDS, to figure out who was going to send the response. Now after some research I know that is not the case, that the client uses the best AP. I now have full wireless access all over my house.

    Thanks again for your help, or at least helping me look for other ways to solve my issue. :)
  6. ifitzgerald

    ifitzgerald Network Guru Member


    You shouldn't run them on the same channel, as their signals will collide and interfer with one another. Instead, you should put each WRT54G on its own non-overlapping channel (they are channels 1, 6, and 11).

    Setting the routers up in this fashion will create what's called a roaming network, and your computer will automatically determine which router has the strongest signal, and will connect to that one. If you walk to the other side of the house, your computer will receive a stronger signal from the second router, and decide to connect to that one.

    If you don't belive me, try this as an experiment:

    Universities and businesses that have a wireless network that spans a large area will use this setup, which is why it's possible to walk from one end of campus to the other while remaining connected to the network. If you use a wireless configuration utility besides the one included in Windows and go to the "Site Monitor" (or something similar), or if you run Network Stumbler, you'll see that your computer picks up several different routers with the same SSID but on different channels. This allows for the best possible connection.
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