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Getting to know Wireless Distribution System (WDS)

What is WDS?

Wireless Distribution System (WDS) refers to a system that allows wireless connectivity for access points within any IEEE 802.11 network.  As a result, you can now utilize several access points to establish a wireless network which also saves you from the hassle of using wires to set up a network.  One of the main benefits of using WDS is that you can maintain the MAC addresses of the client devices that are connected using the access points instead of using a traditional IP addressing system.
 

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An access point may function as a:

  • Main station - usually a wired connection, where the client devices are connected using an Ethernet cable
  • Relay unit - serves as a bridge in sending data between remote stations, wireless clients or other stations to another main or relay station or another remote unit
  • Remote station - acts as a receiver of data from wireless clients then eventually is passed on to other relay or main stations.

IMPORTANT:  All main stations used in a WDS must have synchronized wireless settings which include the wireless channel, wireless security mode, and wireless network password.  

Listed below are the following Belkin devices that support WDS:

  • F5D7230-4 (v1, v2, v4, v6, v8, v9)
  • F5D7234-4 (v1)
  • F5D7630-4
  • F5D9630-4 (v1, v3, v4, v5)
  • F5D7632-4 (v3, v4, v5, v6, v7)
  • F5D7633-4
  • F5D7634-4

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