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SBG6580-2: Wireless Bridging Setup

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Question
How do I setup wireless bridging in my SBG6580-2?
Answer
If a wireless device is too distant to establish a connection with the SBG6580-2, an additional wireless access point device can be configured to extend the range of the network.  This setup allows devices to connect to the SBG6580-2 that would otherwise be too distant to connect.  Wireless bridging in the SBG6580-2 is disabled by default.  This document describes how to enable and configure wireless bridging.

Functional Overview

First, the SBG6580-2 is configured as the main base station, and configured with a list of remote base stations that are allowed to establish a wireless connection to the SBG6580-2. Next, the wireless access point is configured to function as a remote base station, and is configured to connect to the SBG6580-2.  Finally, the wireless access point establishes a wireless connection with the SBG6580-2.

The client who is distant from the SBG6580-2 establishes a connection with the wireless access point.  This can be a wired or wireless connection, depending if the wireless access point has built-in Ethernet ports.  Next, the wireless access point will pass any traffic it receives from the client to the SBG6580-2.  As a result, the client can now communicate with the SBG6580-2, and thus can access the Internet.  This setup is called Wireless Bridging, which uses WDS (Wireless Distribution System).

Requirement

  • The wireless access point must support WDS in order to establish a wireless connection with the SBG6580-2.
  • Keep in mind that all wireless access points involved (including the SBG6580-2) will need to be configured with the same wireless channel, method of encryption (WEP, WPA, or none), and encryption key (if WEP or WPA is used). 
  • DHCP will need to be disabled in any access points involved, as the SBG6580-2 will handle all DHCP requests from clients.


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Wireless Bridging Setup

  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.  Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page will appear.
     
  2. On the Login page, enter admin in the Username field.
     
  3. Enter password in the Password field.
     
  4. Click the Login button.  The Home page will appear.

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  5. Move the mouse-cursor over Wireless on the main menu, and click the DHCP link on the sub-menu.  The Basic - DHCP page will appear.

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  6. On the Wireless - Extend Network Range page, click the Wireless Bridging drop-down menu and select the Enabled option.
     
  7. Enter the WDS router's MAC Address into the Remote Bridge field that will establish a wireless connection with the SBG6580-2.
     
  8. Click the Apply button.

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