Pseudo-WDS network -- help!

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felixdd
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 16:54    Post subject: Pseudo-WDS network -- help! Reply with quote
Question:
1) In a repeater-bridge setup, when a client migrates from host router to repeater router for WiFi signal, is the transition as seamless as on a WDS setup?
2) In a network topology with TWO repeaters connecting to a host router, is there extra setup necessary to ensure the routers aren't grabbing the backhaul from each other (thus introducing another hop)?
3) Why isn't ARM supported for WDS still?


Scenario:
- Cable modem upstairs along with host router (ASUS TM-AC1900 on Merlin)
- DLink DIR880L on r43718 downstairs in a room near backyard, setup as repeater bridge.
- ASUS N66u ()on ddwrt as well, hoping to add to an room at the front of the house to cover front yard.
- Backhaul 5GHz provided by a virtual WLAN from the host ("homeBackhaul")
- Repeated signal (2.4, 5GHz) is identical SSID ("homeWifi")

In the past I had set up the repeaters to exclude each other's MAC to connect. This caused a bootloop in the Dlink but I think it was also because I was in an old build.

But now that I think about it, since the backhaul is only provided by the host router, the two repeats should not attempt to get their WAN signal from one another right?

Anyways, while teleconferencing and moving from router to router, the call dropped. The client device does successfully migrate between routers without user intervention, but I'm thinking the lag causes the call to drop. Would this happen with WDS as well?

Finally...WDS. All my routers are Broadcom ARM and I finally figured out after much reasing that ARM is still not supported. Just curious as to why that is -- Asus' stock firmware has WDS built in so it's not a hardware limitation. Is it just an insurmountable roadblock in terms of development?

Unfortunately the DLink stock f/w does not support repeater or WDS so I think I'm stuck w/o any firmware that allows WDS on Dlink.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 17:15    Post subject: Reply with quote
Stock firmware doesn't use the same kernel and/or drivers as DD-WRT does.
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felixdd
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 17:57    Post subject: Reply with quote
kernel-panic69 wrote:
Stock firmware doesn't use the same kernel and/or drivers as DD-WRT does.


I see, so a matter of kernel and/or driver compatibility with WDS
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 17:59    Post subject: Reply with quote
Correct.
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