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how do you properly set up a WDS network

by Metroking / January 24, 2013 10:06 PM PST

hi guys

i have been struggling with setting up a WDS wireless network using 5 AP's for my office.

im using Dlink DAP1353 AP's and they support WDS but its a mission. The LAN infrastructure is there already but do i connect all devices to the LAN or just one?

Do i use the DHCP server or do i let one access point handle that? i keep getting signal conflicts and a lot of don time.

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About DHCP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 24, 2013 10:59 PM PST

I'm a bit surprised at the DHCP question. Your IT staffer should go with what they want. Hard assigning IP is in my opinion old school and tends to demand a lot of support. DHCP makes it a bit easier but as the movie line goes "there can only be one." That much has not changed.

As to a WDS system, I never used such a thing. I have connect WAPs and routers configured as WAPs to the LAN and let them auto select the WiFi channel. The only new thing I setting is to set the channel width down to 150Mbps to allow more WAPs in the area.

Good luck,

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Auto channel select
by Metroking / January 25, 2013 4:35 AM PST
In reply to: About DHCP.

When they are on auto select is the signal stable or does it fluctuate as the router tries to find an appropriate channel?

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It fluctuates. That's proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 25, 2013 6:20 AM PST
In reply to: Auto channel select

It's in an open air space so if there are interfering signals it's fine to see fluctuation. In face if a big moving van comes by you can spot it by a change in signal strength. The only time I saw a stable signal was out on the test range. Why? Well the companies I work for design RF gear and we go to a small valley far away from other signals during testing.

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ok! so WDS
by Metroking / January 25, 2013 3:31 PM PST

so please tell me @R.profit do you know how to establish a proper WDS network? in terms of how the routers should be configured and all coz i have tried but its just not working out. please shed some light.

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I can setup a WiFi network with ease.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 26, 2013 1:23 AM PST
In reply to: ok! so WDS

Can you write how that differs from WDS? I know of a WDS that is maker specific but we never use that since it's too unreliable.

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WDS explained
by Metroking / January 27, 2013 5:16 PM PST

when wireless routers are in WDS mode they hand over signals to each other. they act as one router.
A user can move from a building to another building without having to reconnect to another router.
It enables mobility and is useful in a office environment.

Wireless Distribution System. just google it and get a better understanding. if you know any other way routers can do this please let me know. thanks!

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That would be make specific.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 12:55 AM PST
In reply to: WDS explained

Such would be offered by a maker of such. I've yet to see such work today with the hodge podge of gear out there. All the users I know will not accept they would have to trash all their existing gear.

So at this point you call up Netgear and others and ask which hardware to use. Then you get them to sign off that it will work or you get a refund. I've lost count of folk chasing seamless hand offs. That is, I've seen it fail too often when an app has an open TCP/IP connection and it drops on the handoff.

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