The scenario is: I have wifi router #1 I’ll call this WiFi1. Then I have a TP-Link TL-WR841ND v5.3 Wireless N router. I can connect to WiFi1 just fine. Everything works okay… I want to connect to my TP-Link Wifi, and have internet from Wifi1. So I will be using my TP-Link WiFi to extend the range of WiFi1.
WiFi1 configuration is:
Encryption: noneChannel: 11
Mode: G 54Mbps
Router IP: 192.168.2.1
DHCP server: ON, giving IPs for 192.168.2.* subnet
My TP-Link WiFi configuration is:
Mode: G 54Mbps
Router IP: 192.168.2.2
DHCP server: OFF
WDS: Its turned on, SSID and BSSID are both given.
Now the problem is, I got this working for about 10 minutes once, I have no idea how… But it has not been working since.
When I connect to WiFi1, I can actually access my TP-Link’s WebGUI on IP: 192.168.2.2, so the TP-Link can successfully connect to WiFi1. However, when I connect to my TP-Link, I get no reply for DHCP. I tried setting static IP: 192.168.2.5, and then I am able to accesss TP-Link’s WebGui, but I am unable to access WiFi1’s web GUI, even pinging 192.168.2.1 gives a timout. So connecting to WiFi1 seems to give me the impression that everything should be working fine, but on my TP-Link something seems to be blocking traffic from going to the other network. I know it can be done, cause it worked once! This morning all was fine for about 10 mins, actually after that I got it working once more, but since then, nothing. I tried putting DD-WRT on it, tried all the WDS modes, the client (bridged, routed), but nothing worked. Anyone, any ideas???
Update!!! The reason for my troubles was probabbly buggy TP-Link firmware. I switched to DD-WRT, and configured my router like this. My network has been running perfectly ever since! Plus, my wireless network is more secure. (DD-WRT doesnt support QSS)