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# 138096 19-Dec-2013 16:55
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I'd like to add a router to connect some wired devices on the other side of the house from my internet connection point, without running a network cable.

If I were to purchase two TP-Link TL-WR1042ND routers and bridge one using WDS, would this do the trick?

Also, I read somewhere that then using WDS, the DHCP should be disabled on the brigded router. With this config would the gigabit switch on the bridged router will peform direct gigabit networking between all wired devices connected to it, or will all networking be sent back to the primary router over the wifi and slow things down?

Note: I don't need to extend my wifi, just get wired devices working.

Are their any better ways to do this?


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  # 955035 19-Dec-2013 19:17
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I was doing some futher searhing and it appears that WDS is limited to WEP and 54Mbs on some routers, can't find any specifics for the TP Link. Also would flashing with DD-WRT help?

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  # 955055 19-Dec-2013 19:51
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WDS is rubbish.

If you really really don't want to run a cable use Ubiquiti AirWire.

It makes a point-to-point link and is plug and play. Gives fairly good performance provided there is good coverage.


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  # 955060 19-Dec-2013 19:55
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Wds is fine if you are only using wired ports at the other end. The tenda and tp link ones I have tried all gave an aes option when setting up the bridge.

Wds all turns to crap when you try to use the remote end as an accesspoint as well or the rf path is variable and poor so mcs15 doesn't work reliably so it keeps flapping around the other modes.


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  # 956356 22-Dec-2013 23:31
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Thanks for the advice.

I wasn't planning to repeat the wifi signal, just to be able to connect some wired devices on the remote router and beam them back to the first router. Sounds like there are mixed results with WDS with different routers. I don't want to risk poor results.

Today, I was thinking about how I could run a cable up one insulated exterier wall and down another tidily. I was in luck. I managed to pull a cable up through an old aerial socket and then down a phone jack on the other side of the house. Didn't think it would be so easy. Just to need to get a two way phone/RJ45 wall plate to finish the job.

I found this one, and the price is reasonable:

I ran cat6 cable. This socket is 5e. Shouldn't make much of a difference for 1Gbps?

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  # 956530 23-Dec-2013 12:09
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WDS Repeating = Bad
WDS Bridging = good <<<What you were trying to do
WDS Bridging with the client end radio plugged into another AP to make a dual radio repeater = good but wont work with same SSID

Check out my signature for the guide on extending your wireless network. Good job on running the cable - its always my preferred way to do it.

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For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here

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