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Connect Detached Networks by WDS-Bridge

Published On: Aug 08, 2017 

Bridge-WDS is one of the VigorAP operation modes which bridge the LAN networks 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 article introduces 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 a DHCP server on the network, so we disable the DHCP server on VigorAP.
  4. 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 requires 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 the 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 in the same IP subnet and disable the DHCP server.
  3. 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, click Scan to search the nearby access points and find VigorAP-1 wireless SSID.

Find AP1 in AP Discovery

6. On 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
Verify the Connection

1. After setup, we could check the peer AP status at 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.

checking connectivity by ping probes

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