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Airos Wireless Repeater Setup

AirOS Wireless Repeater/Network Extender Configuration

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

Introduction

Wireless Repeater (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repeater) or Network Extender From UBNT Forum (http://ubnt.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7204)

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.

Ubiquiti Wireless Repeater

Configuring

Minimal configuration:

  • Nall AirOS devices in AP-WDS mode
  • Bsame 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
  • IClick 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
  • Auto: enable check box
  • 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
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