Paul Rae wrote:
> I currently have a Soekris 4801 with addon card giving it a total of 5 interfaces.
> eth0 - WAN
> eth1 - LAN
> eth2 - Wifi
> eth3 - unused
> eth4 - unused
> Currently the LAN and Wifi interfaces are bridged and all devices run on the same subnet.
> My current wifi setup has three AP's running in WDS repeater bridge mode. This is a little slow
but works for the moment.
> I have now had the chance to get cat5 laid to all of the AP's, so plan on changing things so they
run as pure AP's to increase throughput.
> My original plan has been to stick an AP on each of the unused ports on the soekris and bridge
them all to the LAN interface, but it seems from my testing you can only bridge one interface.
> So the question is what is the best and easiest way to do this?
> Also there are a few constraints....
> Unfortunately dues to space constraints, I can't put a switch on the current Wifi interface and
plug them all in there. Also do to cable layout, all three cat5 cables for the AP's terminate near
the router. The router is nowhere near the main switch used for the LAN, so it's not even like I can
plug them in there. Ideally i would like to avoid doing that as it means messing around with more
cabling, but more importantly i would lose the ability to monitor the traffic going through each of
the wifi interfaces (currently use mrtg to record traffic data on each interface).
A small 5 port switch and SNMP capable APs. That way MRTG can hit the
APs directly, and all wireless is on one port. You might be able to
power match your switch as well, as I have seen 5v 7.5v and 12v small
switches. That and a 3 way pigtail means 1 wall-wart for your setup.