Knowledgebase: Wireless LAN
What is the difference between the two WDS Modes (Bridge & Repeater Modes)?
Posted by on 02 February 2012 03:02 PM

There are two WDS modes are implemented in Vigor routers. These are:

 

  1. Bridge Mode
  2. Repeater Mode

 

In Repeater mode, the packets received from one peer AP can be repeated to another peer AP through WDS links. Repeater mode performs WDS-to-WDS packet forwarding.

 

In Bridge mode, packets received from a WDS link will only be forwarded to local wired or

Wireless hosts. Bridge mode does not allow WDS-to-WDS packet forwarding.

 

 

 Below shows the function of WDS-bridge interface:

 

http://www.draycare.com.au/dfaq/image/WLAN/04/WLAN_04.JPG

The application for the WDS-Repeater mode is depicted as below:

 

http://www.draycare.com.au/dfaq/image/WLAN/04/WLAN_05.JPG

 

The example below shows 3 devices connected by WDS links using Bridge mode.

 

  1. Hosts connected to Bridge 1 or 3 can communicate with hosts connected to Bridge 2 through the WDS links to bridge 2.

     
  2. Hosts connected to Bridge 1 CANNOT communicate with hosts connected to Bridge 3 through Bridge 2.

     
  3. Only Repeater mode will allow WDS-to-WDS packet forwarding.

 

 http://www.draycare.com.au/dfaq/image/WLAN/04/WLAN_06.JPG

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