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Does Netgear 7550 gateway support Wireless Distribution system

I am trying to use the Netgear 7550 gateway as a base station with a wireless repeater (Netgear WNDR4500v2).  Does the Netgear 7550 with the AT&T firmware support a Wireless distribution system (WDS)?

I am trying to use the Netgear 7550 gateway as a base station with a wireless repeater (Netgear WNDR4500v2).  Does the Netgear 7550 with the AT&T firmware support a Wireless distribution system (WDS)?

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Racqueteer wrote:

I am trying to use the Netgear 7550 gateway as a base station with a wireless repeater (Netgear WNDR4500v2).  Does the Netgear 7550 with the AT&T firmware support a Wireless distribution system (WDS)?


 

Technically speaking the 7550 does not have to support WDS because it is your gateway and/or main access point. The 4500 is basically the same thing, but without the proprietary firmware, and it's the 4500 that needs to support WDS because it needs to be both a wireless client to connect to the 7550, and a wireless access point to redistribute the 7550's network which it does through it's wireless repeater mode. Problem is, it will only do this through an insecure (WEP or lower), 54 Mbs connection. If you want a full speed, and secure, wireless repeater/extender, you need to buy one, or see if there's a newer, or aftermarket firmware for the 4500 that addresses this connection issue in repeater mode.

 

Now if you can connect the 4500 to the 7550 with an ethernet (CAT5/6) cable, then you can either disable the 7550's wireless and use the 4500's wireless only or run both wireless networks (with different SSID of course).

 

 

 

 




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Racqueteer wrote:

I am trying to use the Netgear 7550 gateway as a base station with a wireless repeater (Netgear WNDR4500v2).  Does the Netgear 7550 with the AT&T firmware support a Wireless distribution system (WDS)?


 

Technically speaking the 7550 does not have to support WDS because it is your gateway and/or main access point. The 4500 is basically the same thing, but without the proprietary firmware, and it's the 4500 that needs to support WDS because it needs to be both a wireless client to connect to the 7550, and a wireless access point to redistribute the 7550's network which it does through it's wireless repeater mode. Problem is, it will only do this through an insecure (WEP or lower), 54 Mbs connection. If you want a full speed, and secure, wireless repeater/extender, you need to buy one, or see if there's a newer, or aftermarket firmware for the 4500 that addresses this connection issue in repeater mode.

 

Now if you can connect the 4500 to the 7550 with an ethernet (CAT5/6) cable, then you can either disable the 7550's wireless and use the 4500's wireless only or run both wireless networks (with different SSID of course).

 

 

 

 




__________________________________________________________
How can you be in two places at once, when your not anywhere at all?
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I really want to become a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
There are three kinds of people, those that can count, and those that can't.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell

                               neon_sign.jpg


Racqueteer wrote:

I am trying to use the Netgear 7550 gateway as a base station with a wireless repeater (Netgear WNDR4500v2).  Does the Netgear 7550 with the AT&T firmware support a Wireless distribution system (WDS)?


 

Technically speaking the 7550 does not have to support WDS because it is your gateway and/or main access point. The 4500 is basically the same thing, but without the proprietary firmware, and it's the 4500 that needs to support WDS because it needs to be both a wireless client to connect to the 7550, and a wireless access point to redistribute the 7550's network which it does through it's wireless repeater mode. Problem is, it will only do this through an insecure (WEP or lower), 54 Mbs connection. If you want a full speed, and secure, wireless repeater/extender, you need to buy one, or see if there's a newer, or aftermarket firmware for the 4500 that addresses this connection issue in repeater mode.

 

Now if you can connect the 4500 to the 7550 with an ethernet (CAT5/6) cable, then you can either disable the 7550's wireless and use the 4500's wireless only or run both wireless networks (with different SSID of course).

 

 

 

 




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How can you be in two places at once, when your not anywhere at all?
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I really want to become a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell

                               neon_sign.jpg

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Racqueteer wrote:
Thanks for the clarification

 

 

No problem. Stop back if you have any other questions or need help with configuration.

 

 

 

 




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How can you be in two places at once, when your not anywhere at all?
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I really want to become a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off.
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“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell

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Racqueteer wrote:
Thanks for the clarification

 

 

No problem. Stop back if you have any other questions or need help with configuration.

 

 

 

 




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How can you be in two places at once, when your not anywhere at all?
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I really want to become a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
There are three kinds of people, those that can count, and those that can't.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell

                               neon_sign.jpg

*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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