How to connect two VigorAPs by Bridge-WDS mode?

Bridge-WDS is one of the VigorAP operation modes which bridge and accept wireless client at the same time. A VigorAP could connect to multiple VigorAP in the same mode to extend wireless coverage and bridging the network on their LAN ports when a wired connection is not available. This document will introduce how to set up bridge-WDS mode between two VigorAP.

   

VigorAP-1 Setup

1. Set Operation Mode to AP Bridge-WDS

Switching to AP Bridge-WDS mode    

2. Go to LAN >> General Setup,

  1. Disable "DHCP Client" and set a static LAN IP address. 
  2. Make sure two VigorAP are using an IP address in the same subnet.
  3. Here we suppose there's one router act as DHCP server, so we disable the DHCP server on VigorAP.
  4. Finally, Click OK to apply the LAN setting.
   

3. Go to Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> General Setup, select mode and channel. Keep the settings in mind because the peer VigorAP needs to have the same setup.

WLAN Mode and Channel Settings of the first AP    

4. Go to Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> Security to select security mode. Keep the settings in mind as well.

Security settings for the first AP    

5. Go to Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> AP Discovery, click Scan to search the nearby access points. Find VigorAP-2's SSID and add it to WDS settings.

Find the peer AP's on AP Discovery page    

6. In Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> General Setup page, the MAC address selected in the previous step is put into Peer MAC address automatically. Select security mode for WDS connection (AES is recommended) and type the security key. Remember the settings here because peer VigorAP needs to set up the same.

The WDS settings on the first VigorAP.    

VigorAP-2 Setup

1. Setup Operation Mode to AP Bridge-WDS

Switching operation mode to AP Bridge-WDS    

2. Go to LAN >> General Setup,

  1. Disable DHCP client and set a static LAN IP address.
  2. Make sure the two VigorAP are using the same subnet and disable the DHCP server.
  3. Finally, Click OK to apply the LAN setting.
IP settings of the peer VigorAP    

3. Go to Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> General Setup, select mode and channel which matches the AP-1 configuration.

WLAN mode and channel setting on the peer AP    

4. Go to Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> Security, select security mode which matches the AP-1 configuration.

Security Settings of the peer AP    

5. Go to Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> AP Discovery, press Scan to search the nearby access points and find VigorAP-1 wireless SSID.
Select AP-1 SSID and add it into WDS setting.

Find AP1 in AP Discovery    

6. In Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> General Setup page, the MAC which we select in the previous step will be put into Peer MAC address. Select security mode and type the security key which matches the AP-1 configuration.

WDS settings of the peer AP    

Check the connection

1. After setup, we could check the peer AP status in Wireless LAN (2.4GHz) >> WDS AP Status.

Checking WDS status    

2. Try to connect to both VigorAP's SSID, confirm the client could access the Internet from either of them. 
Pinging two AP to check the connectivity between them.

checking connectivity by ping probes    
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