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Can dd-wrt bridge succesfully with open-wrt?

gonepostl 4,100 338 August 3, 2015 at 01:50 AM
I have a dd-wrt flashed router and the only distro that's available for the second router I'm thinking about buying is open-wrt. Can I bridge these two together no problem? I want wireless out in the garage BAD!

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If you're connecting the two APs via ethernet, it shouldn't be an issue. Running two APs on the same SSID is part of the wifi standard and the routing required is all standardized as well. There are more advanced standards to optimize client handoff between APs, but you really don't need them for a home 2 AP setup, so I wouldn't worry about them.

If you're running one of them as a wifi repeater / range extender, I'm not sure what you're options are, as I haven't ever tried one of those setups. Generally hard wiring the APs together will get you better performance anyway.

Out of curiousity, what router supports openwrt but not dd-wrt? As much as I like openwrt, the list of hardware it supports (and particularly the list of hardware it supports well) always seems to be much smaller than dd-wrt.
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dd-wrt can act as the repeater and you will be fine, it's part of the WiFi options. Doing it the other way around may be possible but much more difficult. I think you mean something else rather than bridging two WiFi routers.
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Isn't bridge mode BETTER then repeater mode? I'm pretty sure it is, but idk.
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Isn't bridge mode BETTER then repeater mode? I'm pretty sure it is, but idk.
With a repeater setup you're dedicating half your Wi-Fi bandwidth to repeating the signal. If it's possible to physically wire the two AP's together. You can use the full Wi-Fi bandwidth of each AP.

It's not always practical to run wires, but if it is, that would be my first recommendation.
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Isn't bridge mode BETTER then repeater mode? I'm pretty sure it is, but idk.
All WiFi routers by default will bridge the LAN ports with the WiFi. If you are running a cable out to the second router then just turn off DHCP, set it up with a unique static IP so you can access it if need be and you'll be gtg. Most people don't do this because of the cost/difficulty in hard wiring that second device and instead will rely on repeater mode.
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