First of all a warm hello to all. I am a rookie and just now delved into Mikrotik routers to play with. I have looked up many different sources to create a WDS between two Mikrotik RB751u-2HnD. My internet setup is as follows:
I have a cable from the ISP which goes into a modem to which I have my original Linksys router connected via CAT5 cable which provides wireless access in the entire apartment. Now I want to do range extension using the WDS feature of Mikrotik routers. I am using two Mikrotik RB751u-2HnD routers and RouterOS version 5.6. Also I have removed my Linksys router totally because I want to test out an all Mikrotik RB751u-2HnD setup for the WDS.
Here's a step-by-step approach I have adopted to form the WDS:
1] Connecting the first RB751u-2HnD to the modem via a CAT5 cable and then configuring it.
2] After logging in it I have a bridge-local already available with wlan1 as one of the port.
3] I goto Interfaces -> Click on wlan1 -> wireless tab and select mode=ap bridge, SSID=MikroTik, frequency=2412MHz, Channel width=20/40MHz and Above and security profile=default. Then wireless tab -> WDS -> WDS mode=dynamic and WDS Default bridge to be the bridge-local.
4] Next Click on Wireless -> Create a new WDS interface say wds1. Configure this wds1 to have master interface=wlan1 and wds address to be the MAC address of wlan1 interface of second MikroTik.
5] Add the wds1 interface as the second port in the Bridge "bridge-local". At this point the interfaces wlan1 and wds1 are bridged.
6] Next I configure the ether1 interface to be the DHCP client and bridge-local to be DHCP server. In the DHCP setup of the server these are the parameters:
DHCP Server Interface=bridge-local
DHCP Address Space=192.168.88.0/24
Gateway for DHCP Network=192.168.88.1
Addresses to give out=192.168.88.2 - 192.168.88.254
7] IP-> DNS Check the Allow Remote Requests option. The router takes the DNS values provided by the ISP on its own.
This completes the configuration of the first MikroTik. At this point please note that there are only wds1 and wlan1 interfaces in the bridge-local.
For second MikroTik router:
Steps 1 to 5 are exactly same.
6] Here I don't have a DHCP Client but i do have a DHCP server. The bridge-local in this router is the DHCP Server and configured exactly with same parameters as above except Addresses to give out=192.168.88.10 - 192.168.88.254 and also in
IP -> Addresses = 192.168.88.2/24 and interface=bridge-local
This completes the configuration for second router.
Ideally this should act as a range extender which it doesn't because when tested out by placing the second router in another apartment probably 5 doors away the range is not extended.
My laptop by default connects to the first one but I don't have internet access at all when both of them are running. I am NOT able to ping any of the routers from windows command prompt when testing out this entire setup.
I am not able to figure out what exactly is going wrong or did i miss out anything?