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.
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).
- 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.
Wireless Bridging Setup
- 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.
- On the Login page, enter admin in the Username field.
- Enter password in the Password field.
- Click the Login button. The Home page will appear.
- 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.
- On the Wireless - Extend Network Range page, click the Wireless Bridging drop-down menu and select the Enabled option.
- Enter the WDS router's MAC Address into the Remote Bridge field that will establish a wireless connection with the SBG6580-2.
- Click the Apply button.