WDS expansion help

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by LanceMoreland, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. LanceMoreland

    LanceMoreland Network Guru Member

    Okay I did a half a$$ effort to search this but did not come up with anything. I currently have two WRT54Gs running Tomato. One is a WRT54G-TM on Channel 1 that is doing all the heavy lifting. The other is a WRT54G that is wired into the WRT54G-TM and serves as an access point on Channel 11. Now I have a third WRT54G that I would like to put in another area of the house that I can't get wire to.

    How would I hook it into my network wireless using WDS? More specifically I need the settings that are required on all the routers to make it work.

  2. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Not quite sure what role the WRT54G on channel is playing. But I think what you're going to want to do is link your new WRT54G with the WRT54G-TM using the official Tomato FAQ WDS example as guidance. Basically what you're looking for is two routers configured identically in a number of ways.

    -Same SSID
    -Same wireless channel
    -Same security settings and password

    -One will be set up with the WAN as a gateway to the Internet, the other typically has the WAN disabled, perhaps using the WAN port for the LAN.
    -Both can be access points but the "2nd" (remote not connected to Internet) doesn't have to be, it can just be WDS providing Ethernet ports and and wirelessly linking them back to the 1st (main Internet gateway router).
    -They both need unique static IPs on the same LAN subnet, the gateway on the 2nd router will be the IP of the 1st.
    -2nd router typically has DHCP disabled although you can leave it on for convenience while testing the setup, you'll want it only on the 1st router in the end.
    -Each router will have the Wireless MAC of the other router, the one to link with, under:
    Basic -> Network - WDS - MAC Address - Link With...

    Did I miss anything? Chime in anybody if so...
  3. LanceMoreland

    LanceMoreland Network Guru Member

    Thanks folks, I've got it. I had entered the wrong mac address in one of the routers.

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