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HT4262: Wi-Fi base stations: Setting up and configuring a Wireless Distribution System (802.11b/g)

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HT4262 wds MAc address question

324 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Aug 23, 2012 2:28 PM by Bob Timmons RSS
diederik-tnc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 23, 2012 12:50 PM

I have a wds network working with

- a time capsule as main

- a n exporess as relay

- an airport extreme as end node

 

it is working but slow; as I was wondering if there was any traffic between the end node and the main station i ask myselve:

should the remote stations mac address be allowed by the relay only  or the relay and the mainstation?

 

any toughts on this?

 

tx

 

diederik

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Bob Timmons Level 9 Level 9 (75,600 points)
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    Aug 23, 2012 2:28 PM (in response to diederik-tnc)
    it is working but slow;

     

    Unfortunately, that is what WDS does. The bandwidth on the network is cut in half for each relay or remote. Since WDS only runs at "g" wireless speeds, when you have a relay and remote configured, the entire network runs at only 25% of normal "g" wireless speeds.  This would be about 13-14 Mbps link speed.  The "actual" throughput would probably be around 6-7 Mbps.

     

    I was wondering if there was any traffic between the end node and the main station

    It depends on how you have configured the main base station and remote.  If you "allow" the remote to connect to the main, then the remote will try to "hop" over the relay, so there would be direct traffic between the remote and main.

     

    If you do not "allow" the remote to connect to the main, then the remote must be allowed to connect to the relay. In this case, there will not be direct traffic between the main and the remote.  The main connects to the relay and relay connects to the remote.

     

     

    any toughts on this?

     

    Avoid WDS if possible 

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