Wireless Bridge - Only Needed To Bridge Two LANs

Discussion in 'Sveasoft Firmware' started by bkrosco, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. bkrosco

    bkrosco Network Guru Member

    Here's what I'm trying to do. I have cable internet access and I want to use two WRT54Gs to bridge between two buildings. I have no wireless client's so other than being used to bridge, I won't be using the wireless. From what I've read, not using wireless should still allow for maximum throughput.

    So, what do I need to do? I've been looking at a lot of how to's and while similar, most are assuming that the second unit will be used to provide wireless access to other pc's.

    I need filesharing between the computers that will be plugged into the LAN ports on both sides of the bridge.

    Is there a how-to that explains how to do it?

  2. Samioul

    Samioul Network Guru Member

    What you need is to set 1 of your 2 WRTs in AP mode, and the other one in client mode. That's what I currently use at home for the moment, with the Satori 4.0 stable firmware, and it works very well !
    The only (big) problem using client mode with Satori is that it allows you to connect only 1 computer on the client WRT (so it wouldn't work in your case as you want to connect a whole local network), but the long-awaited "Alchemy" firmware has a new "routed" client mode that allows you to connect several PC's on the client side.
    As I'm also interested by this functionnality, I installed Alchemy RC1 w42 and set it in "routed" client mode, but unfortunately I was unable to make it work properly :( :( :(
    But I guess there must be a kind of problem with Alchemy RC1 and client mode, cause I was also unable to use the classical "bridged" client mode using the same settings as in Satori... :? :?
    There might be a specific stuff to do to make it work ??? 8O
  3. bkrosco

    bkrosco Network Guru Member

    So I don't need to set up WDS?

    It's good to know that it's only capable of having one pc connected at this time. That'll work fine for now as I only need one right now. I'm planning on more in the future though.

    Any other tips? Otherwise, I'll post back here if I need more help with it.
  4. bkrosco

    bkrosco Network Guru Member

    Well, I got it working. The only problem is the throughput seems awerfully low. I'm getting 1.5MB/s. Should I be getting higher or is that about right?

  5. none

    none Network Guru Member

    I want to achieve the same thing: setup a wifi bridge between two buildings with no wireless clients.

    I'll use two LinksSys WRT54GS boxes.

    I read that I should use the WDS bridging feature for that.

    Can anyone confirm that I'll have the full bandwidth available for the WDS bridge, considering that there will be no wireless clients?

    Thanks a lot.
  6. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Either WDS or Client mode should work for your situation and both should perform equally since you have no wireless clients.
  7. bkrosco

    bkrosco Network Guru Member

    Does anyone have a good WDS howto? Maybe I'll try setting that up now and see if there's any difference in throughput.
  8. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Since you've already got a working client mode connection it should be relatively easy to convert to WDS. All you need to do is change the Client router back to AP mode on the Basic Wireless Settings page and then enter the WLAN MAC address of each router in the other routers WDS page.

    Look at the screenshots here.

    Let us know if you get any better performance with WDS.
  9. nozzer

    nozzer Network Guru Member

    Samouil - to make routed AP client work in Alchemy you need to reset to factory defaults before you start if you've used WDS. dont ask me why, but it worked for me. FWIW the sveasoft (satori or alchemy) firmware kills performance in any config - the best I can get is around 13Mbps even directly connected, whereas I can get around 25-26 with the stock linksys or hyperWRT firmware. If wireless speed isn't an issue, wait for the public release of alchemy.

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