Sep 21

With the NETGEAR wireless router, you can build large bridged wireless networks that form an IEEE 802.11n Wireless Distribution System (WDS). Using the wireless router with other access points (APs) and wireless devices, you can connect clients using their MAC addresses rather than IP addresses. A repeater with wireless client associations sends all traffic to the remote access point.

Select Advanced > Wireless Repeating Function to display the following screen:

NETGEAR-Wireless-Bridging

The process is the same for the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz wireless network.

• Enable Wireless Repeating Function (2.4 GHz/5 GHz). Select the check box for the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz network to use the wireless repeating function.

• Wireless MAC of this router. This field displays the MAC address for your wireless router for your reference. You will need to enter this MAC address in the corresponding Wireless Repeating Function screen of the other access point you are using.

• Wireless Repeater. If your wireless router is the repeater, select this check box.

• Repeater IP Address. If your wireless router is the repeater, enter the IP address of the other access point.

• Disable Wireless Client Association. If your NETGEAR wireless router is the repeater, selecting this check box means that wireless clients cannot associate with it. Only LAN client associations are allowed.

-If you are setting up a point-to-point bridge, select this check box.
-If you want all client traffic to go through the other access point (repeater with wireless client association), leave this check box cleared.

• Base Station MAC Address. If your wireless router is the repeater, enter the MAC address for the access point that is the base station.

• Wireless Base Station. If your wireless router is the base station, select this check box.

• Disable Wireless Client Association. If your NETGEAR wireless router is the base station, selecting this check box means that wireless clients cannot associate with it. Only LAN client associations are allowed.

• Repeater MAC Address (1 through 4). If your wireless router is the base station, it can act as the “parent” of up to 4 other access points. Enter the MAC addresses of the other access points in these fields.

Set Up a Repeater with Wireless Client Association

In the repeater mode with wireless client association, your wireless router sends all traffic to a base station access point. You can set up the wireless router as either the base station (parent) or as the repeater (child) access point.

Note that the following restrictions apply:

• You do not have the option of disabling client associations with this wireless router.

• You cannot configure a sequence of parent-child APs. You are limited to only one parent access point, although if your wireless router is the parent access point, it can connect with up to four child access points.

The following figure shows an example of a repeater mode configuration.

NETGEAR-Repeating-Networks

To set up a repeater with wireless client association:

In this example, the wireless router is the base station, but you can set it up to be the repeater with another AP as the base station if you want.

1. Set up your wireless router to be the base station.

a.In the Wireless Repeating Function screen for your wireless router, select the Enable Wireless Repeating Function check box.

b. Select the Wireless Base Station radio button.

c. Clear the corresponding Disable Wireless Client Association check box (make sure it is not selected).

d. Enter the MAC addresses for AP 2 and AP 3 in the Repeater MAC Address 1 and Repeater MAC Address 2 field.

e. Click Apply.

2. Set up AP 2 and AP 3 to be wireless repeaters.

a.In the Wireless Repeating Function screen for AP 2 and AP 3, select the Enable Wireless Repeating Function check box.
b. Select the Wireless Repeater radio button.

c. Clear the corresponding Disable Wireless Client Association check box (make sure it is not selected).

d. Enter the MAC addresses for your wireless router in the Base Station MAC Address field.

e. Click Apply.

3. Verify the following for all access points:

• Each access point operates in the same LAN network address range as the LAN devices.

• The access points are on the same LAN. That is, the LAN IP addresses for the access points are in the same network.

• If you are using DHCP, access point devices are set to Obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP Client) in the Basic Settings screen.

• Access point devices use the same SSID, channel, authentication mode, and encryption.

Verify connectivity across the LANs. A computer on any LAN segment should be able to connect to the Internet or share files and printers with any other PCs or servers connected to any of the three WLAN segments.

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1 Comment

  • At 2014.11.21 01:39, Nuriyah said:

    Review by S. Rehal for Rating: I have to agree with the other revies, the setup was pailness and the router just works. However I don’t use the wireless, I have cabled the whole house due to the poor wireless devices I have had in the past. The 1Gb LAN was what I was after, all I can say is transferring files from all the machines I have is so much more faster.VA:F [1.9.21_1169](from 0 votes)


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