WDS Wireless

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by dvd-guy, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. dvd-guy

    dvd-guy Guest

    I have two WRT54GL routers flashed with tomato.
    One is my main router that handles WAN, and QoS.

    I'd like to connect the other router via a wired connection. Then I'd like to enable one single AP for both routers using WDS. Normally, I'd just use WDS+AP mode, but I'm not sure how this will work when there is also a wired connection to the second router.

    Anyone have ideas?
  2. sstidman

    sstidman Addicted to LI Member

    I'm not sure what you mean by "one single AP for both routers". I assume you mean that both routers will have the same SSID and function as effectively one access point because you will have WDS configured.

    Anyway, a while ago I was messing around with WDS and did something similar. I actually had 3 routers connected with WDS. At one point, I connected two of the routers to the same switch. If I remember correctly (it was a while ago and my memory is no good), funky things happened until I disabled the spanning tree protocol.
  3. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Can you make clear what you are trying to do? I make it 2 routers connected by wire - now another connected by WDS = 3. Is that right? Anyway, regardless of whether you have a wired connection the WDS will set up OK.
  4. dvd-guy

    dvd-guy Guest

    I want two routers connected by one wire, but I also want both routers to provide a single SSID. Router1 will connect to the Internet. Router 2 will connect to the LAN via Router1. Both routers will provide the same access point (same SSID, frequency without interfering) to provide wireless service.
  5. Trademark

    Trademark Network Guru Member

    I am actually doing that right now. Essentially, if I'm understanding you correctly, you are creating an extension of your current wireless network and also have an additional switch to plug wired devices into if needed. No need for WDS on this set up.

    I would recommend plugging Router2 directly to your computer using a LAN port to set it up first.

    On Router2:
    -Disable DHCP
    -Use an IP address outside of the DHCP pool of Router1, but in the same subnet
    -Use the same Subnet Mask as Router1
    -Use Router1 IP for the Gateway
    -Leave DNS blank (Not used)
    -Choose Access Point for wireless
    -Match all of your wireless settings exactly on both, except for the wireless channel. Use Ch:1 for Router1 and Ch:11 for Router2 or vice-versa.
    -Plug routers into each other using the LAN ports or into a switch. You will not use the WAN port of Router2.

    That should do it. I have this setup and have increased my wireless network to cover my whole house and anywhere I may want to sit outside as well. Works great. Hope this helps.
  6. nexxman

    nexxman Addicted to LI Member

    Trademark, Is it possible to achieve this without the last step?
    -Plug routers into each other using the LAN ports or into a switch.

    My 2nd AP is not near a location which would allow it to be plugged into the main router. I need to get this done wirelessly.
  7. drexya

    drexya Guest

    You have to set up your 2nd router like a wireless switch : this mode is usually called "Wireless Ethernet Bridge". If you want to connect to this router, it will be in RJ45 not in wireless.
    PS : sorry for my poor english.
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