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Howto Set up a Wireless Bridge in Debian

Dec 18, 2008, 01:33 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to dave for this link. ]

"Both routers must be WDS-capable, like my two SpeedTouches. WDS as implemented on my SpeedTouches cannot handle WPA security, so I’m limited to WEP plus access control through registration. You may have to experiment as to the best security setup consistent with WDS and your router pair. The following instructions assume that you have a way of logging into the home page of each of these routers. It probably just works if the router DHCP server is enabled, but see below under Using a dedicated hardware wireless bridge for a method to establish a point-to-point wired connection.

"Step 1 The wireless interfaces of both routers must be identically configured: fixed channel and security setup. The network name (SSID) need not be the same, but could be if desired.

"Step 2 Make sure that the two routers don’t have the same default address. My two SpeedTouches both had the 192.168.1.254 address, so I changed the remote router to 192.168.1.253 and adapted the dynamic address range to suit. Note that this breaks the connection, requiring it to be re-established with the new address."

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