I have a RB133 that I want to use to repeat a signal off my tower for 2 customers. My tower does not support WDS (yes I know they are ancient, and I am planning on upgrading them to RB433AH's later this year), so any kind of workarounds that use WDS to link to my tower aren't going to work. What I want to do is repeat the signal off my tower without using any new subnets or setting up any new RIP neighbors or anything like that. This is just for 2 customers and I feel that doing such things would be unnecessary.
My first thought to accomplish this was to have wlan1 (the client) connect to my tower (gateway of 10.0.41.1/24) and set its IP to 10.0.41.2. Then bridge it to wlan2 (the repeater) which would be set in AP mode. In my mind since wlan1 and wlan2 are bridged together it should pass the traffic through wlan2, to wlan1, to the tower, and off through my network. However, this does not work. I tried setting the IP (10.0.41.1) on wlan1, wlan2, and on bridge1 (the bridge that includes wlan1 and wlan2) but it still does not work.
After a little searching through the forums I did not find much solid evidence that proved what I wanted to do was possible or even impossible. However, I did find this interesting comment stating “Wireless interfaces that operate in station mode can not support transparent bridging” in this thread http://forum.mikrotik.com/viewtopic.php ... n+repeater
So, since it seems bridging won't work, is there any other way to accomplish what I want to do without upgrading my tower to support WDS or changing the RIP configuration on my tower to talk to my RB133?
I have accomplished this same thing a few times with two CPEs and a crossover cable. For example, in this situation I would put the first CPE on 10.0.41.2 and the second one on 10.0.41.3 and connect to the second one and set my gateway as 10.0.41.1, and everything would route properly.
Also, I had thought of getting rid of the bridge on the RB133 and just set wlan1 as 10.0.41.2 and wlan2 on 10.0.41.3, but I think I am missing something with the routing. Sorry if the answer is obvious. I am relatively new to ROS and I only have a few RouterBoards on my network, but I plan on replacing most of my network with RBs over the next year or 2.
Thanks for any advice guys!