Dd-wrt client mode
Dd-wrt client mode setup
DD-WRT router firmware differs from default firmware in a number of ways, but one of the most useful is the ease with which Wireless Modes can be configured within its interface. When searching for the best alternative for setting up a Client Bridge, many users and network administrators turn to DD-WRT. They never seem to go back after they’ve moved to DD-WRT because of the convenience, customization choices, and ease of setup.
DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) – Assigns network parameters to network devices automatically. Simply put, it is a procedure that allows a router to allocate a local IP address to connected devices automatically.
WDS (Wireless Distribution System) – A system that allows for the wireless interconnection of access points, allowing a wireless network to be extended using several access points without the need to be wired.
These mode-changing options can be found under the Wireless –> Basic Settings Tab in later DD-WRT builds (as seen in the image above). The AP mode in DD-WRT is the norm, and it transforms your router into a normal access point for users.
Client bridge – dd-wrt
This mode is not intended for wired connections between routers, such as an Access Point. It’s a one-way wireless connection between two routers, normally to the primary gateway router. A Client Mode router uses a wireless link from a Wireless Access Point (WAP) as the WAN interface and only shares the internet connection with the LAN ports, or a separate WAP for multi-radio routers. It isn’t recognized as a WAP, and it doesn’t allow wireless connections from other clients.
Ascertain that the secondary client router is on a separate subnet from the main host router. If the primary router’s IP address is 192.168.A.x, the client router’s IP address must be 192.168.B.x. If your host router uses 192.168.1.1, for example, set your client router to 192.168.2.x.
It’s typically an encryption or password issue if the previous instructions don’t function. Restart the setup after disabling encryption on the primary router. It’s important to use proper encryption and a case-sensitive password. Restart with a clean slate. For 802.11N (and newer) devices, WPA2-AES (aka CCMP) is needed.
How to configure client mode with virtual wireless interface in
In Client Mode, a router connects to another wireless AP (the host router). It shares the internet connection only with the LAN ports and uses its wireless connection as the WAN interface. Laptops and other computers scanning for access points do not recognize it as an access point, and it does not allow wireless connections from client devices. It is not necessary for the AP to run DD-WRT firmware.
The primary router (DD-WRT client mode) and secondary router (DD-WRT server mode) are on different subnets. Between the routers, NAT is used. When port forwarding is necessary, both routers must be configured — not just the main (host) router.
Set up DD-WRT as a Client Bridge, Repeater Bridge, or use WDS to have computers linked to both routers (main and secondary) and co-exist in the same subnet. The Glossary has a more detailed description of bridging modes.
The primary router is the one to which you are attempting to bind. The client router is the router you’re configuring. As long as you set your client LAN IP address to a different subnet, you won’t have to think about the primary router. This means that if the primary router’s IP address is 192.168.A.x, the client router’s address must be 192.168.B.x. The most common IP addresses for primary routers are 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.0.1. Set your client router’s IP address to 192.168.2.x when configuring it.
Dd-wrt client bridge setup
I have a D-Link ADSL modem/router (Primary) and a Linksys E1200 with DD-WRT flashed on it attached (Secondary). I’m connecting wirelessly to an Open SSID that the primary router emits using Client Mode on the secondary router.
The two routers tend to be related in a seamless manner. The MAC address of the secondary router can be found in the list of linked clients in the web interface of the primary router.
My main router’s IP address is 192.168.1.1, and my secondary router’s is 192.168.2.1. Both routers have DHCP enabled. As I previously said, the web UI page of my primary router indicates that the secondary router is successfully linked to its WLAN. I attach my laptop to the secondary router, LAN to LAN, with the wireless turned off to avoid linking to my main router. The link is created, and the ipconfig command reveals that my laptop has been assigned an IP address in the 192.168.2.XX range, with 192.168.2.1 (the secondary router’s IP) as its gateway. All seems to be in order, except I can’t get to http://192.168.2.1. But when I unplug the router, the browser keeps trying to load the page indefinitely and does not show “Page cannot be displayed.”