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 From:  Jim Thompson <jim at netgate dot com>
 To:  "Alex M" <radiussupport at lrcommunications dot net>
 Cc:  "Monowall Support List" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Wireless WDS
 Date:  Fri, 14 Mar 2008 12:11:23 -1000
Senao does many stupid things.  (You'll note that we sell some of  
their stuff.)

This is why a m0n0wall or pfSense AP would be so nice to have.

jim

On Mar 14, 2008, at 7:43 AM, Alex M wrote:

> Will not ague with our wireless engineers ;-)
> We don't use linksys but
> As to Senao WDM its just a damn repeater :( What they did is  
> automatically
> obtain MAC off all APs in the SSID and rebroadcast it like a star  
> mesh. And
> the biggest problem is that all APs have to use same channel. Which  
> makes
> WDM useless in very fragmented environment.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Thompson [mailto:jim at netgate dot com]
> Sent: Friday, March 14, 2008 1:30 PM
> To: Alex M
> Cc: Monowall Support List
> Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Wireless WDS
>
>
> On Mar 14, 2008, at 7:18 AM, Alex M wrote:
>
>> WDS is the way of bridging between APs so CP will work if you
>> connect your
>> primary (Master) AP to CP Interface and all the rest Slave Repeaters
>> will
>> use master as the source of Inet connection.
>
> No, WDS is the common name for the 4 address frame format where you
> can set "FromDS" and "ToDS" and have devices behind one STA (be it AP
> or client) through another, and on to a 'ditribution medium'.
>
>> However if you want to use mono's wireless interface and connect
>> your AP to
>> that interface in WDM mode, then it may work or not it just depends
>> on your
>> APs. For us we never even considering trying that because majority
>> of AP
>> makes use proprietary bridging (and WDM)  things, they all similar
>> but some
>> of them just refuse to tallk to other makes, so its better to do WDM
>> in same
>> brand ewuipment.
>
> Actually, interoperability between APs is pretty good.   The Broadcom
> (think linksys wrt54 series and similar) stuff got such huge market
> share that the other chipset manufacturers ended up using the wrt54
> series as the 'reference implementation'.
>
> However, FreeBSD does not (yet) support WDS.   Support is in Sam
> Leffler's p4 tree, but the driver doesn't work against all supported
> cards (just Atheros), so he hasn't released it into HEAD.
>
>
>> If you still need to do WDM on multi make APs that just set up one
>> or 2 APs
>> as repeaters, that gona do the same as some cheap APs call WDM ex:
>> Senao WDM
>> is just plain repeater
>
> WDM?  Whats that?
>
> Jim
>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Luke Fahey [mailto:luke at advance dot on dot net]
>> Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 4:26 AM
>> To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
>> Subject: [m0n0wall] Wireless WDS
>>
>> Hi All
>>
>> Just wondering is there any chance that monowall supports WDS . We
>> have
>> a few access points in one location and we are hoping to control them
>> with the monowall captive portal.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> Luke
>>
>>
>>
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