Sep 01

The NETGEAR WNDR3400 router can be used with a wireless access point (AP) to build large bridged wireless networks. Wireless repeating is a type of Wireless Distribution System (WDS).

Warning: If you use the wireless repeating function, your options for wireless security are limited to None or WEP.

The following figure shows a wireless repeating scenario:

NETGEAR-WNDR3400-WDS

To set up a wireless network using WDS, the following conditions must be met for both APs:

• Both APs must use the same SSID, wireless channel, and encryption mode.

• Both APs must be on the same LAN IP subnet. That is, all the AP LAN IP addresses are in the same network.

• All LAN devices (wired and wireless computers) must be configured to operate in the same LAN network address range as the APs.

Wireless Repeating Function ON NETGEAR WNDR3400 Wireless Dual Band Router

You can view or change wireless repeater settings for the NETGEAR WNDR3400 wireless router. From the main menu of the browser interface, under Advanced, click Wireless Repeating Function to display the Wireless Repeating Function screen.

For each wireless radio (2.4GHz and 5GHz), the wireless router supports two modes of the wireless repeating function, and allows you to control wireless client association:

• Wireless Repeater. The wireless router sends all traffic from its local wireless or wired computers to a remote AP. To configure this mode, you must know the MAC address of the remote parent AP.

• Wireless Base Station. The NETGEAR wireless router acts as the parent AP, bridging traffic to and from the child repeater AP, as well as handling wireless and wired local computers. To configure this mode, you must know the MAC addresses of the child repeater AP.

• Disable Wireless Client Association. Usually this check box is cleared so that the router is an access point for wireless computers.

If this check box is selected, the router communicates wirelessly only with other APs whose MAC addresses are listed in this screen. The router still communicates with wire-connected LAN devices.

Note: The NETGEAR WNDR3400 router is always in dual band concurrent mode, unless you turn off one radio. Be aware that if you enable the wireless repeater in either radio band, the wireless base station or wireless repeater cannot be enabled in the other radio band. However, if you enable the wireless base station in either radio band and use the other radio band as a wireless router or wireless base station, dual band concurrent mode is not affected.

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9 Comments

  • At 2012.11.24 17:38, Bryant said:

    I moved into a house with two friends of mine and two of us just happened to both have the WNDR3400 router. The house is just a bit to big to get good connection in the farther parts. I was looking into setting up my router to be the repeater but now I see this page on how to do it but I’m not very interested in having to use the WEP security. Are newer routers limited to None or WEP security as well? Would I run into this problem as well if I went and bought an actual range extender? Thanks.

    P.S. Moving the router to a more central location results in other headaches that we are trying to avoid.

    • At 2013.07.01 21:43, Karthick said:

      You can use other security options

      • At 2014.10.07 11:52, Ryan said:

        What are the other security options?

        Where are those configured in the Netgear Genie?

        Thanks!

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