How to use the WDS Bridging function of Archer C2600 to extend my wireless network

User Application Requirement
Updated 06-28-2022 05:42:17 AM 51025
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User's Application Scenario

My house covers a large area. The wireless network coverage of the router I’m using (the root router) is limited. I want to use an extended router to extend the wireless network of the root router.

Note:

• WDS bridging only requires configuration on the extended router;

• WDS bridging function can be enabled either in 2.4GHz frequency or 5GHz frequency for a dual-band router.

We use the WDS bridging function in 2.4GHz frequency as an example.

1. Visit http://tplinkwifi.net, and log in with the username and password you set for the router. The default Username and password are admin/admin. If you don’t know how to login, please refer to Log in to the web management interface.

2. Survey the SSID to be bridged:

1) Go to Advanced >System Tools > System Parameters to load the 2.4GHz WDS, click Enable WDS Bridging;

2) Click Survey, locate the root router’s SSID and click Choose (Here we take TPLINK_2512 as example);

3) If the root router has wireless password, you should enter the wireless password of the root router;

4) Click Save.

3. Disable DHCP:

1) Go to Network > DHCP Server;

2) Deselect Enable DHCP Server;

3) Click Save.

4. Configure the IP address of the router:

1) Go to Advanced >Network > LAN, configure the IP address of the extended router to be in the same subnet with the root router;

(For example, the IP address of the root router is 192.168.0.1, the IP address of the extended router can be 192.168.0.2~192.168.0.254. We take 192.168.0.2 as an example.)

2) Click Save.

Note: Login to the web management page again if the IP address of the router is altered.

Now you can login to the web management page, click Advanced > Status > Wireless to check the WDS status. When the WDS status is Run, it means WDS bridging is successfully built.

You can also make a simple check by the Ping command. If the ping proceeds successfully (which means the WDS performs properly), you will see the similar screen as below: (in this example, 192.168.1.1 is the IP address of the root router)

Please refer to How to Use the Ping Command

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Get to know more details of each function and configuration please go to Download Center to download the manual of your product.

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