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Connecting a Wireless router to an access point using WDS

Posted on 2007-12-05
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Dear all,
I currently have a netgear wgr614v7 router that is being used as an access point ONLY:

Here's how it looks like:
Access Point ---> connected to the LAN (using wried connection)

I need to buy another router that will be able to communicate with the access point. I know that it is only possible if the router supports WDS.

My problem is, that my Netgear wgr614v7 does not support WDS.
My question:
If I'll buy a router that supports WDS, will it be enough? Or should both devices must support WDS?

Many thanks in advance!
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by:lemontee
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Hi,

Both AP need to support WDS.
FYI, WDS is not the industrial standard and it works only with the same brand of chipset.

When you doing WDS, you need to have both AP in the same channel. It is ok if the SSID is different.
Besides, you need to key in the MAC address of the AP2 in AP1 web admin console and AP1's MAC Address in AP2 Web admin console.

Currently, I am using SMCWBR14-G2 to make the WDS link to another SMCWBR14-G2. It works fine for around 1 year.

Hope it helps.

Lemon
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by:nahumba
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Hi Lemon,
If I'll buy a router and use it only as a repeater or a put it in some "client mode", so that my current AP which does not support WDS will transmit data to a new router (again, in a "client mode"), will that work?

thanks!
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lemontee earned 500 total points
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Hi,

You can do that also.

You can buy a wireless AP which can work as the Wireless client then connect to a switch. The computer can connec to the switch via RJ45.

But please aware that some of the brand may not work well. Some can work but only limited to certain number of the statiosn.

Hope it helps.

Lemon
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by:nahumba
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Hi Lemon,
Thank you, I shall try what you've suggested, hope it will work.

Thanks again!
nahumba
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