The FirmWare of choice for WDS?

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by Hendrik, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. Hendrik

    Hendrik Network Guru Member

    Hello everyone, Im a nub to this forum and recently stumbled across it via googlin. I found it to be quite an impressive site, and I too am somewhat of a linksys fan. However I was unaware of the available fireware mods and am quite impressed with everyones efforts and skill to show the true potential of linksys products.

    Well anyway to get the point, I read quite a bit about several different version of firmware and am still a bit confused as to which would be best for my needs. I was hoping i could get a clue in with just a couple of opinions out there.

    I will explain what I would like to do, im still uncertain if its even possible with the WRT54G.

    I'd like to purchase 5 of these and setup a Secure WDS group between them to distribute a 6meg DSL connection to 5 apartments all besides one another.

    Now I just want the connection shared nothing else, I do not want anyone to be able to access one another.

    The idea here to do share out my connection and live with free DSL. Also to provide redundancy, If one client drops connection and another is relying on that one who dropped it will just focus on another client at next available distance. Like a Mesh topology.

    I read that each Router added to WDS drops half the original speed because of WDS then also decrease delay because of a single hop count. Is this correct?

    Any help would be appreciated. Keep up the good advice/firmware!

  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Secure and WDS don't really go together. If you consider seperate subnets for each node, then you will at least prevent traffic from passing access each nod but it won't secure your subnets from each other. In other words, the opportunity to see all traffic will be there regardless as WDS is meant to link everything together.

    You should plan out your mesh using WDS if you want redundancy. Each wrt will have to see at least 2 other units for the fault tolerance to work.
    Not really, the connection is only cut in half for a wireless client hooked up to an AP/wrt. If you have a wired client, you will not see any performance loss as the AP in WDS is forwarding all of the wired computer through the meshs. A wireless client connects to the AP/wrt and passes its request to it. The AP/wrt in turn, has to resend the requests wireless through the WDS connections. Even when you have a wireless connection to an AP/wrt, you don't see that much of a loss in performance in a WDS config. The only time you will truely see it is when you are doing a large transfer.

    I hope this helps
  3. Hendrik

    Hendrik Network Guru Member

    Awesome thanks for your insight.

    I was wondering which firmware would be best to use for my type of setup. HyperWRT? Should this be the firmware of choice for all 5 or so AP's that i plan to use in a WDS group.
  4. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

  5. Hendrik

    Hendrik Network Guru Member

    I double posted because my previous post was in a dead forum it seemed. Not many viewed and none responded there...
  6. dellsweig

    dellsweig Network Guru Member

    Try out the DD-WRT
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