How to expand the wireless network coverage through bridge

Sometimes the wireless router is too far from the wireless clients or the wireless signal strength is too low, you need expand wireless network range to make sure that the wireless client can scan the wireless signal and connect to it.

The Topology is as below:

Key Points:

  1. The main wireless router should support WDS function.

  2. The Channel and Extend Channel should be exactly the same in the main wireless router and the FL-WA830RE.

  3. The SSID、the wireless security mode and the Wireless password (Key Words) should be exactly the same in the main wireless router and the FL-WA830RE.

The Steps are as below:
Ⅰ. Settings in main wireless router (Set FLY-LINK FL-WR941ND as an example)

  1. open a web browser in PC1 which connects to R1, and in the address bar please type in 192.168.0.1, and then “Enter”, Then you will be in the management page of R1.

  2. click on the “Advanced Settings” in the right upward,

  1. Then in the main menu, please select Wireless settings. In the Wireless Basic Settings, please choose Wireless Access Point as the Wireless Working Mode. Then please change the primary SSID, which should be the same with the one of FL-WA830RE if we have set a password for the wireless network, for example WDS_FL-WA830RE. And select a Channel, e.g. channel 1(then the Extension Channel will be selected automatically).

 

  1. Click on Wireless SettingsWireless Security, and then please Disable to disable the WPS Settings. If you want to set a password for the wireless network, please choose WPA-PSK as the Security Mode, AES as the WPA Algorithms, in the box of Key, please type the password for your wireless signal (the Key words should be at least 8 numbers or letters). Remember to click Apply to save the settings.

 


Ⅱ. Settings in the FL-WA830RE

  1. First we should login to the homepage of FL-WA830RE. So please connect your computer to the FL-WA830RE directly with an Ethernet cable, then set an IP address(e.g. 192.168.0.10)for your computer, then login to the home page of FL-WA830RE through type http://192.168.0.254 in the address bar.

  2. After login successfully, the following page will appear. Please click on Advanced Settings.

 

  1. In the homepage of FL-WA830RE, please click Wireless Settings, then click Wireless Basic Settings, you can find two options in the list of Wireless Working Mode. Please choose “Network bridge (WDS)”, change the SSID、Channel and Extend Channel to the same with the main wireless router.

 

On the bottom of this same page, please click on Open Scan, then you will find some SSIDs. Please tick the SSID of FL-WA830RE, and then click OK.

  1. In the homepage of the FL-WA830RE, please click on Wireless SettingsWireless Security, please choose WPA-PSK as the Security Mode, AES as the WPA Algorithms, in the box of Key, please type the password for your wireless signal (the Key words should be at least 8 numbers or letters and be the same with the one of the main wireless router). Remember to click Apply to save the settings.

 


Ⅲ. Go back to the homepage of the main wireless router (FL-WR941ND).
In the main menu of FL-WR941ND, please select Wireless settings. In the Wireless Basic Settings, please change Network Bridge(WDS) as the Wireless Working Mode.



On the bottom of this same page, please click on Open Scan, then you will find some SSIDs. Please tick the SSID of FL-WA830RE, and then click OK.

Now you can go to your PC3 to check whether it can obtain a correct IP Address from the Router1. If PC3 can get a correct IP address, then you can connect to the Internet.