WDS with tomato 1.06 + airport express

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by osoell, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. osoell

    osoell LI Guru Member

    I have a WRT54G (v2) working well with tomato 1.06 in AP/WDS mode. I'm trying to have an airport express (fw6.3) join the network with WDS.

    When configuring the airport express, it searches for valid base stations but doesn't find my tomato wrt54g.. It does see my other airport express (which is just in client mode).

    My network is using WPA+TKIP (not WPA2).

    What enables a base station to advertise itself as being able to be joined using WDS?

  2. dvaskelis

    dvaskelis Network Guru Member

    I think the first WDS specification only supported WEP, and when vendors setup WDS to allow WPA, it was through a proprietary non-standards-based approach.

    This was definitely true in the early days of WDS, but that may be very dated and things may have changed.
  3. osoell

    osoell LI Guru Member

    I had read that DD-WRT or some other firmware allows for WDS with WPA so I sorta assumed that tomato would do the same since it's pretty new. well, new to me at least :)

    Of course, it may well offer the feature, but my airport express is probably pretty picky about this stuff.
  4. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

  5. digitalgeek

    digitalgeek Network Guru Member

    Tomato most definitely does support WDS with WPA AES/TKIP (I myself use AES, but it does work with tkip)

    Is it possible in the Aiport to supply the mac to look for, Lazy mode is supported. Make sure the SSID is the same on the same on all WDS devices.
  6. dvd-guy

    dvd-guy Guest

    Do you mean WDS works with WPA Personal TKIP / AES or did you mean WDS works with WPA in either TKIP or AES, but not both?
  7. digitalgeek

    digitalgeek Network Guru Member

    aes or tkip not both
  8. dvaskelis

    dvaskelis Network Guru Member

    You misunderstood my point.

    Tomato does WDS with WPA with other Linksys devices without problem. It's in the code that Linksys ships.

    What I was saying was that I'm not sure that's standard-based WDS, therefore it may not work with equipment from other vendors. You may need to do WDS with WEP, which at least in the first release of WDS standards was the only encryption supported.

    It was speculation on my part why you couldn't establish WDS using WPA with an Apple Airport Express.
  9. digitalgeek

    digitalgeek Network Guru Member

    I have a mac laptop which does not use a broadcom chipset for wifi and quite succefully connects with WDS - AES (I haven't been successfull using TKIP).
  10. dvaskelis

    dvaskelis Network Guru Member

    But the laptop is not connecting as a WDS node... it's connecting as a client STAtion node. That's not a standards problem.

    The Airport Express is trying to connect as a WDS node to a WDS WPA node. That's where I'm speculating there may be a standards issue.
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