There are two WDS modes are implemented in Vigor routers. These are:
- Bridge Mode
- Repeater Mode
In Repeater mode, the packets received from one peer AP can be repeated to another peer AP through WDS links. Repeater mode performs WDS-to-WDS packet forwarding.
In Bridge mode, packets received from a WDS link will only be forwarded to local wired or Wireless hosts. Bridge mode does not allow WDS-to-WDS packet forwarding.
Below shows the function of WDS-bridge interface:
The application for the WDS-Repeater mode is depicted as below:
The example below shows 3 devices connected by WDS links using Bridge mode.
- Hosts connected to Bridge 1 or 3 can communicate with hosts connected to Bridge 2 through the WDS links to bridge 2.
- Hosts connected to Bridge 1 CANNOT communicate with hosts connected to Bridge 3 through Bridge 2.
- Only Repeater mode will allow WDS-to-WDS packet forwarding.