RT-N12 WDS Broadcast SSID issues(?)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by strike, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. strike

    strike Addicted to LI Member

    I have two Asus RT-N12 routers I am trying to setup with WDS.

    Main router: Tomato Firmware v1.28.7494 MIPSR2-Toastman-VLAN-RT K26 VPN
    2nd router: Tomato Firmware v1.28.7494 MIPSR2-Toastman-RT K26 Std

    I have followed the Tomato FAQ on this, and for the most part have it working. However, what I have found is that if I set both to broadcast their SSIDs, the link fails and all wireless dies. If I set only one (either one, doesn't matter which) to broadcast their SSID, everything appears to work.

    Enable Wireless: checked (both)
    Wireless Mode: Access Point + WDS (both)
    Wireless Network Mode: N Only (both)
    SSID: XXXXX (both)
    Broadcast: Main router only
    Channel: 4 (both)
    Channel Width: 20Mhz (both)
    Security: WPA2 Personal (both)
    Encryption: TKIP/AES (both)
    Shared Key: XXXX (same for both)
    Group Key Renewal: 3600 (both)
    WDS: Link with... (both)
    MAC Address: each others MACs in first entry

    So...wireless works in this mode, however since the 2nd router is not broadcasting (and I haven't had time to fully test yet), my concern is that clients configured will only connect to one AP...not the other as they move around.
  2. strike

    strike Addicted to LI Member

    One other configuration I had overlooked, I had MAC address filtering enabled before I got encyrption working...but have since disabled it, and there is no change. As soon as both are broadcasting, wireless goes down and I cannot reach the 2nd router. Disable broadcasting on the main router and wireless is up and I can reach the 2nd one.

    Anyone seen this before?
  3. strike

    strike Addicted to LI Member

    After a little more tweaking have gotten it to work. I had been going back and forth between G an N (got an Asus Transformer Prime and trying to get wireless covering the house as best as possible), and hadn't really configured N how I guess it should be.

    So, changed it to the following:
    Broadcast SSID: checked (both)
    Channel: 11 (both - looked like least used Channel according to scans)
    Channel Width: 40Mhz (both)
    Control Sideband: Upper (both)

    Effect is speed is up (@250Mbps - 300Mbps) and I can now broadcast on both routers it seems.

    Hopefully solved...
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