A Wireless Network Distribution System (WDS) is a system that allows access points to communicate wirelessly on an IEEE 802.11 network. It also allows you to expand your wireless network using multiple access points without having to use a wired connection to communicate. For more information about this feature, refer to the corresponding article on the Wikipedia website. The following is a guide to a simple WDS solution for the SOHO class.
* Note: Both devices must have different IP addresses, in the example the IP address of the root access point is 192.168.1.2, while the TP-Link 11n series router has 192.168.1.1. If you want to change the IP address of the TP-Link router, use instruction number 129.
To configure the WDS function on TP – LINK routers that support the 11 n standard, you must complete the following steps:
Step 1 Go to the router settings page. If you do not know how to do this, click here.
Step 2 Go to Wireless -gt; Wireless Settings Check Enable WDS. Then a page similar to the one shown below will be displayed.
Step 3 Change the channel to the channel of your root access point.
Step 4 Click Search. In the window that appears, find the SSID of your root access point, click Connect.
Step 5 After Step 4, the router will redirect you to the previous page. The SSID of the root access point and some other parameters will be populated automatically. Then make security settings similar to the security settings on the root access point.
Step 6 Click the Save button, then go to DHCP -gt; DHCP Settings. Select Disable DHCP Server, click on the Save button.
Step 7 Go to the System Tools page -gt; Reboot to reboot the device.