Anbody use WDS?

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So I have the RT-AX68U and two TP-Link RE200 v4 extenders with OpenWrt installed. I would like to set up a WDS arrangement, as per:

But it advises enabling WDS on the main router with:

config wifi-device 'radio0'
option type 'mac80211'
option macaddr 'unique device MAC address here'
option hwmode '11g'
option htmode 'HT20'
list ht_capab 'SHORT-GI-40'
list ht_capab 'DSSS_CCK-40'
option txpower '27'
option channel '1'
option country 'CA'

config wifi-iface
option device 'radio0'
option network 'lan'
option ssid 'my-wireless-ssid'
option encryption 'psk2'
option key 'wireless-secret-password'
option mode 'ap'
option wds '1'

Is this something I can do under Asus Merlin?

I notice that the gui already has wds/hybrid options and asks to enter MAC addresses of the Access Points. Has anybody used that?

I basically want to have my two repeaters work in a kind of poor man's mesh by enabling 802.11r so that devices can transition quickly from one AP to the other.


Mr. Easy
Staff member
Do you know that the routers and devices support 11r? Keep in mind 11r is focused on speeding authentication, which is a small part of roaming overhead. 11r isn't going to help at all if most of the roam time is taken up by the STA scanning and deciding where to roam.
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