WDS for 2 WRTs: does it run on one or both routers??

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by enocko, Aug 12, 2005.

  1. enocko

    enocko Network Guru Member

    Hi, so I haven't used WDS at all yet, and I'm wondering: if I want to have a long-range network with two WRT54G's for example, do I just need WDS on one of them, or both? (Presumably I'd put the one that's not linked to the internet in WDS mode, so that it acts as the repeater.)

    My real question I guess is about buying a WRT54GX vs WRT54G. If I buy a WRT54GX now, will I be able to extend its range later by adding a WRT54G in WDS mode? (I asked my first question because I believe the WRT54GX doesn't currently have any WDS-supporting firmware.)

    Thanks a lot,

  2. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    This is a loaded post with lots of questions, in short, WDS does need to be enabled on both devices to use WDS. WDS basically passes all local traffic wirelessly to other routers (very basic description). As for the WRT54GX, I am not familiar with this hardware but I would guess you could connect a WRT54G to it if you wanted. WRT54GX does not currently support WDS AFAIK. Don't limit yourself to WDS, you do have the option of client-mode (routed or bridged). Client mode effectively works like the WAP54 repeaters but allows more features (assuming you use a 3rd party firmware flavour).
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