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C54APRA2+/C54APRB2+ How to set WDS
This manual explains how to use the WDS (Wireless Distribution System) features of the
C54APRA2+/C54APRB2+. There are 3 types of WDS settings that can be configured into the
configuration. The 3 types are: WDS Bridge, WDS Repeater and WDS Crude. Please check
Appendix I for a more detailed description of WDS settings and what they mean. You can
also use this description to check which setting you need.
How to set WDS bridge
Topology:
(This is an example how the WDS Bridge can be connected)
To configure the WDS features you need to enter the webconfiguration page of the
C54APRA2+/C54APRB2+. Go to http://192.168.1.1 (default IP-address) and login into the
webinterface. Click Advanced -> Wireless Management.
Root access point with internet connection
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1. Click WDS
2. Select Repeater
3. Give a WDS Name for
example
WDS_Conceptronic
4. Select Activate as Root
5. Select WDS Privacy and
fill in a Secret
(Recommended)
6. Fill in the MAC address of
the second (slave)
C54APRA/B2+. Make sure
you use the wireless LAN
MAC address. When you do
not know what the wireless
MAC address is, please
check Appendix II.
Select Enable in front of the
MAC address.
When you want to use more slaves you can use the other Downlink (2-4) fields
Click Apply -> Tools -> System -> Save and Reboot to save the configuration
Slave(s) access point
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7. Click WDS
8. Select Repeater
9. Give a WDS Name for
example
WDS_Conceptronic
10. Select WDS Privacy and
fill in the Secret, which you
have configured into the
Root access point.
11. Fill in the MAC address of
the first (Root)
C54APRA/B2+. Make sure
you use the wireless LAN
MAC address. When you do
not know what the wireless
MAC address is, please
check Appendix II.
Select Enable in front of the
MAC address.
Click Apply -> Tools -> System -> Save and Reboot to save the configuration
When you want to use more slaves you can use the settings of the Slave access point again
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How to set WDS repeater
Topology:
(This is an example how the WDS repeater can be connected)
To configure the WDS features you need to enter the web configuration page of the
C54APRA2+/C54APRB2+. Go to http://192.168.1.1 (default IP-address) and login into the
webinterface. Click Advanced -> Wireless Management.
Root access point with internet connection
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1. Click WDS
2. Select Bridge
3. Give a WDS Name for
example
WDS_Conceptronic
4. Select Activate as Root
5. Select WDS Privacy and
fill in a Secret
(Recommended)
6. Fill in the MAC address of
the second (slave)
C54APRA/B2+. Make sure
you use the wireless LAN
MAC address. When you
do not know what the
wireless MAC address is,
please check Appendix II.
Select Enable in front of
the MAC address.
When you want to use more slaves you can use the other Downlink (2-4) fields
Click Apply -> Tools -> System -> Save and Reboot to save the configuration
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Slave(s) access point
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7. Click WDS
8. Select Bridge
9. Give a WDS Name for
example
WDS_Conceptronic
10. Select WDS Privacy and
fill in the Secret, which
you have configured into
the Root access point.
11. Fill in the MAC address of
the first (Root)
C54APRA/B2+. Make sure
you use the wireless LAN
MAC address. When you
do not know what the
wireless MAC address is,
please check Appendix II.
Select Enable in front of
the MAC address.
Click Apply -> Tools -> System -> Save and Reboot to save the configuration
When you want to use more slaves you can use the settings of the Slave access point again
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How to set WDS Crude
Topology:
(This is an example how the WDS repeater can be connected)
To configure the WDS features you need to enter the webconfiguration page of the
C54APRA2+/C54APRB2+. Go to http://192.168.1.1 (default IP-address) and login into the
webinterface. Click Advanced -> Wireless Management.
Root access point with internet connection
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1. Click WDS
2. Select Crude
3. Fill in the MAC address of
the second (slave) access
point. For example a
C54APM.
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When you want to use more slaves you can use the other Downlink (2-4) fields
Click Apply -> Tools -> System -> Save and Reboot to save the configuration
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Slave(s) access point
To enter the configuration page of the C54APM you need to set a fixed IP-address.
Click Start -> Run
Type ncpa.cpl and click OK
Right click on Local Area Connection (Windows 2000) or LAN connection (Windows XP)
and select Properties
Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties
Select Use the following IP-address
Fill in the following values:
IP address: 10.0.0.10
Subnet mask: 255.0.0.0
Click OK -> OK
Go to http://10.0.0.1 and login in with username admin and password admin
4. Click Basic settings
5. Select as mode StationInfrastructure
6. Click Apply
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7. Click Continue
8. Click Select Site Survey
9. Select the correct Access
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Point for example
6/10
Conceptronic and click
Connect
10. Click Apply
11. Click Apply
When the C54APM is rebooted you can remove the fixed IP-address of the computer.
Click Start -> Run
Type ncpa.cpl and click OK
Right click on Local Area Connection (Windows 2000) or LAN connection (Windows XP)
and select Properties
Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties
Select Obtain an IP-address automatically
Click OK -> OK
You should now receive an IP-address from the C54APRA2+/C54APRB2+
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Appendix I
WDS explained
The Router’s access point supports Wireless Distribution System (WDS) to enable
interconnection with other access points through the wireless network. WDS facilitates
roaming between different access points and connectivity to the Ethernet and Internet. WDS
is also used to connect two distant Ethernet LAN groups that may be difficult or impractical
to connect to each other with cable. The access point can perform different functions in the
WDS depending on the mode that is chosen. To use WDS, first select the WDS Mode the
access point will use from the pull-down menu, and configure the available parameters for the
selected mode. See the table below for a description of the different modes and parameters
used to configure the access point.
Wireless Management - WDS menu
When WDS is enabled, the Router’s access point will operate in one of three modes, Bridge,
Repeater or Crude. Use the table below as a guide to how each mode functions in the WDS.
WDS Mode
Parameters
Bridge Mode
In bridge mode, the access point communicates only with other access points.
No wireless clients can associate with an access point in bridge mode. In bridge
mode, the access point has the option of acting as a Root (click the Activate
as Root box to enable). In Root mode the AP becomes a primary link for the
Wireless LAN to the Ethernet and Internet. As the Root access point, there
cannot be a wireless Uplink through the AP. Only wireless Downlinks may be
designated. To designate a Downlink, enable up to 4 downlinks (Downlink 1 – 4)
and type the MAC address of the AP used for downlink in the space provided.
Use Bridge mode if you are using the access point to connect to a distant
Ethernet LAN.
Repeater Mode
In repeater mode the access point can communicate with other access points
and wireless clients. Note that repeater mode will limit the amount of throughput
of wireless clients to the Ethernet. As with bridge mode, repeater mode allows
the AP to function as the Root.
Crude Mode
Crude Mode is recommended for wireless LANs using multiple vendors wireless
chip solutions. If wireless stations are using TI chips, use Bridge or Repeater
mode.
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Appendix II
MAC addresses
Every network product has it’s own unique MAC address. This is a combination of 12
numbers and characters. Only the numbers 0-9 and the letters a-f or A-F are valid.
The MAC address (which is mentioned on the bottom of the C54APRA2+/C54APRB2+) is
the MAC address of the LAN side. When you what to have the MAC address of the Wireless
you need to add 1 at the last number or character.
The sequence of the numbers and characters is:
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,a, b, c, d, e, f
or
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F
For example:
The MAC address 00:80:5A:59:E7:40 is mentioned on the bottom of your C54APRA2+/
C54APRB2+, then your WLAN MAC address is 00:80:5A:59:E7:40 + 1 =
00:80:5A:59:E7:41.
When your MAC address is 00:80:5A:59:E7:4F then the F will be 0 and the number in front
of the F will be add with 1. So your MAC address is 00:80:5A:59:E7:50
Another example:
When your MAC address is 00:80:5A:59:E7:FF then both F’s will be 0 and the 7 in front of
the F’s will be add with 1. Your WLAN MAC address is then 00:80:5A:59:E8:00
Examples of places where you can find the MAC address:
Please note: WLAN MAC is Plus 1
Bottom of the C54APRA2+/C54APRB2+
Status page of the webinterface
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