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AirOS Wireless Repeater Configuration

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AirOS Wireless Repeater/Network Extender Configuration

Author: Skyhook 01 March 2009
Contents: How to make a Wireless Repeater AirOS

Introduction

Wireless Repeater or Network Extender
From UBNT Forum

Typical scenario is to install a Network Extender device to provide wireless signal to Clients that cannot be reached from AP #1 (poor signal level). We consider this simply network topology:

  • 1 Router connected to Internet and/or private LAN (IP Address: 192.168.1.254/24)
  • 1 AirOS device AP #1 directly connected to Router (IP Address: 192.168.1.21/24)
  • 1 AirOS device AP #2 connected via wireless to AP #1 (IP Address: 192.168.1.20/24)
  • 1 or more Wireless Clients (Notebook, WiFi-Phone, other Wireless devices...)
  • The Router assign IP Address to network devices by DHCP Server. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can set static IP Address to Clients.

In this schema, AP #2 is a Wireless Repeater device.

Configuring

Minimal configuration:

  • all AirOS devices in AP-WDS mode
  • same SSID
  • same Channel
  • enter mutual WDS Peers (or enable Auto WDS, not recommended)

AP #1 Setup

Login into AirOS WEB User Interface of AP #1 and set as below:

  • NETWORK Tab
    • Network Mode: Bridge
    • Bridge IP Address: Static
    • IP Address: 192.168.1.21
    • Netmask: 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway IP: 192.168.1.254
    • Click Change button to confirm
    • Click Apply button to apply changes
    • Wait until process is complete
  • LINK SETUP Tab
    • Wireless Mode: Access Point WDS
    • WDS Peers: 00:15:6D:B6:6D:4E (WLAN MAC of AP #2, you can see on MAIN Tab of AP #2)
    • SSID: mywlan (or any stringh to identify your WLAN, but the same for all WDS Peers)
    • Country Code: set according your location
    • IEEE 802.11 Mode: B/G mixed (assuming devices running in 2.4 GHz band)
    • Channell Spectrum Width: 20MHz
    • Channel: 1 - 2412 MHz (or any other free channel, but the same for all WDS Peers)
    • Output Power: 10 dBm (or check Obey Regulatory Power according your country law)
    • Data Rate, Mbps: 54, Auto
    • Click Change button to confirm
    • Click Apply button to apply changes
    • Wait until process is complete

AP #2 Setup

Login into AirOS WEB User Interface of AP #2 and set as below:

  • NETWORK Tab
    • Network Mode: Bridge
    • Bridge IP Address: Static
    • IP Address: 192.168.1.20
    • Netmask: 255.255.255.0
    • Gateway IP: 192.168.1.254
    • Click Change button to confirm
    • Click Apply button to apply changes
    • Wait until process is complete
  • LINK SETUP Tab
    • Wireless Mode: Access Point WDS
    • WDS Peers: 00:15:6D:B6:6C:E2 (WLAN MAC of AP #1, you can see on MAIN Tab of AP #1)
    • SSID: mywlan (or any stringh to identify your WLAN, but the same for all WDS Peers)
    • Country Code: set according your location
    • IEEE 802.11 Mode: B/G mixed (assuming devices running in 2.4 GHz band)
    • Channell Spectrum Width: 20MHz
    • Channel: 1 - 2412 MHz (or any other free channel, but the same for all WDS Peers)
    • Output Power: 10 dBm (or check Obey Regulatory Power according your country law)
    • Data Rate, Mbps: 54, Auto
    • Click Change button to confirm
    • Click Apply button to apply changes
    • Wait until process is complete