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How To: Setting up WDS Bridging / Repeating

How To: Setting up WDS Bridging / Repeating

Many 802.11g products now come equipped with WDS bridging and repeating capabilities, but getting them set up isn’t as easy as it should be. This ProblemSolver will first review the basics of WDS and compare it to previous bridging methodologies. We’ll then provide some tips to help you maximize your chances of WDS success.

We’ll put it all to work by stepping through two detailed setup examples that will show you how decipher your product’s bridging controls and understand how to use them. Then we’ll wrap up with some examples of "advanced" WDS configurations.

Please read references to access points (AP) as applying to either access points or wireless routers unless otherwise noted.

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    robabrams , May 22, 2010 12:21 PM
    Very good article. I am having some problems of my own with a pair of Sitecomm Wireless routers (WL-312 and WL-610).

    I am going to reset them both back to factory defaults and start again using this guide.
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    Anonymous , October 21, 2011 2:22 AM
    i used a thomson tg585 and a netfaste iad2. WDS "worked" but: many packet loss while pinging and speed is below 10KB/S ! ...
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    Anonymous , November 12, 2011 5:02 PM
    Thank you!

    Great article that answered my questions.
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2012 11:47 PM
    Thanks for the well organized and comprehensive explanation about WDS.
    I like this kind of writing so much.
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    knightmurphy , May 7, 2012 8:58 PM
    I simply love you, that's all I have to say.
    I've been wrecking my brains around WDS repeater (1st example) all day. And then I came across your article, and everything became clear. And everything worked on the 1st friggin' try!
    I managed to get my routers working like the 1st scheme (1 main router, one repeater) from 2 different vendors, and not only that, one of the routers is seriously old.
    So many many thanks!

    (In case anyone is wondering, main router = relatively new TL-WR1043ND + repeater router = the ancient 3COM OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Cable/DSL Router. Upgrades both firmwares before attempting)
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    is there a way to make a wired connection between the client and the second AP (in your case ASUS)?

    Also should everything be on the same main IP ie 192.168.1.***, because my two access points have preset IPs the one and the second one Should I change them to and for them to work together?
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    Anton Kizernis , March 20, 2013 1:44 AM
    Muchas gracias!
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    Eugenio Rios , August 30, 2013 4:00 PM
    So, I´m having trouble here... I´ve got: a) a gateway router with DHCP activated: DIR-655 from D-Link ( b) AP TP-Link TL-WR741ND (, and c) another AP, same brand ( Both AP's are connected wirelessly to the Gateway, DHCP turned off, all have the same SSID, same password, same channel, yet, I can´t seem to get them to work as if it were just one SSID, my smartphone gets authentication error and my computer sees three ssid's with the same name, different signal strengths. What can I do to roam freely in the house with just one SSID? what am I missing? Thank you for this guide, it´s awesome.
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