WDS with non-Tomato routers or wireless repeater?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Devileyezz, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Devileyezz

    Devileyezz LI Guru Member


    I have two routers (Asus RT-N16 and Cisco Linksys E4200) both running Tomato and WDS-linked in my office building. I did this because I wanted to have one SSID for a roaming WiFi VoIP phone (IT support guy). This way, no matter where he is... he's connected for calls (the WiFi phone doesn't jump well with other SSIDs)

    This also gives me an advantage of blanketing the building with WiFi signal.
    Unfortunately, there's still a lot of places in the building that I need the WiFi signal at (like allowing our clients to use WiFi while they wait).

    I am in the Philippines and we have various cheap wireless repeaters available (no WRT54GLs here). I'm wondering since these devices have their own software - I'm out of luck with WDS. But how can I use them to have one SSID doing one thing.. (no dhcp or router features, they're just WiFi access points). I can wire them as well and put them up in the ceiling.

    The whole wireless repeater mode is appealing, but will it work with the other routers ... is the question.
    Thanks for reading!
  2. Frequenzy

    Frequenzy Networkin' Nut Member

    not really a fan of wds since it halves the bw. why not setup wired access points? and configure the same ssid for all.
  3. Devileyezz

    Devileyezz LI Guru Member

    That's all that's needed? No need to join them together? Just wire them, disable DHCP.. bridge them, add same SSID, same password and we're off to the races?
  4. Frequenzy

    Frequenzy Networkin' Nut Member

    yup, just use separate channels for aps that are close to each other
  5. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Yeah, ideally you just disable the DHCP server on the additional routers, use the exact same network name with the same encryption method & passphrase, give each a unique IP address on the same subnet (e.g. - main router, - secondary router, - tertiary router), make them all have the same default gateway (e.g., and connect them via ethernet on LAN ports. You can even use something like powerline networking to create ethernet connections fairly arbitrarily (anywhere powerline networking will reach you can create an ethernet jack).

    I will warn you that some devices will freeze when configured this way. I helped a buddy get a (unsupported by Tomato or DD-WRT) Netgear router setup with DHCP disabled and bridged into his existing network and the damn thing would freeze every 2 days. The wonderful world of OEM firmware means it's only tested to work in certain configurations and when you go outside their world you encounter bugs.
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