A Wireless Distribution System (WDS) is a system that enables the wireless interconnection of access points in an IEEE 802.11 network. It allows a wireless network to be expanded using multiple access points without the need for a wired backbone to link them. The following is a simple SOHO solution guide about WDS.
As an example, we define the TD-W8950ND that connecting to the Internet as the main TD-W8950ND, and the other one as secondary TD-W8950ND. The two TD-W8950NDs have their own SSID and security.
Please follow the instructions to configure them. As TD-W8950ND support 4 MAC WDS, you need do the setting on only one device.
Step 1 Log into TD-W8950ND´s management page. If you are not sure about how to do this, please click here.
Step 2 On the left-side menu, click Wireless -> Basic, change the channel to a fixed one to match your first TD-W8950ND. And then check the box Enable WDS.
Step 3 Then click the Search button, please wait a while for another window pop out. In the window which shows the AP list, please choose the one you want to connect.
Step 4 Configure the security. You must know what is the security type on your first TD-W8950ND, here we take WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK as an example. If you don’t know what the security is on your first TD-W8950ND, you can go to Wireless->Security page to check it.
In the key type, choose WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, and type in the key in the password box to match the first TD-W8950ND.
Step 5 On the left-side menu, click Advanced Setup -> LAN, please change the LAN IP to 192.168.1.2, and Disable the DHCP Server function. Click Save/Reboot button to reboot the modem.
Here until, all settings required by WDS function is completed. You can make a simple check by the Ping utility. If the ping proceeds successfully (which means the WDS performs properly), you will see the similar screen as below: