wireless distribution system

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wireless distribution system

A wireless distribution system (WDS) extends a Wi-Fi hotspot to a larger geographic area without having to run wires to each access point (AP). It comprises two or more Wi-Fi base stations (access points) that function as a single system. WDS access points (APs) forward packets from ongoing user sessions to other WDS APs while simultaneously accepting new connections from users. However, traffic between the WDS APs does reduce the overall available bandwidth in the WDS network.

Same Algorithm, Keys and Channel
All access points in a WDS network must use the same encryption algorithm, encryption keys and radio channel but can have different names (see SSID). See Wi-Fi, access point, encryption algorithm and 802.11s.

WDS Access Point Configurations
This Trendnet AP can be configured as a WDS AP that connects to Wi-Fi devices and other WDS access points. Two or more WDS Bridge APs provide a wireless backbone between wired networks (like a Client Bridge in non-WDS networks). A WDS Station provides a backbone to WDS Bridges and also connects to other access points. Repeater mode extends wireless signals.
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There are two modes of wireless connections between access points where Wireless Distribution System can be used:
Telestone Technologies Corporation Ltd (Nasdaq: TSTC), a developer and provider of wireless communication coverage solutions based in the People's Republic of China, announced on Friday (12 September) that the company has launched a new generation wireless distribution system, the WFDS-TM.
The versatile operating modes of the D-Link MWLAN dual-band access points will enable multiple wireless configurations and include the following modes: Access Point, Wireless Distribution System (WDS), WDS with Access Point, and Auto Topology.
One radio can be configured to support wireless-to-wireless bridging, using the Wireless Distribution System in difficult-to-wire locations, while the second can act as a high performing, smart access point to Wi-Fi clients.
Colubris Networks developed the wireless distribution system, which allows Fort Wayne and surrounding communities to benefit from a service similar to that offered in larger cities.
The MWLAN access points include Access Point, Auto Topology, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) and WDS with Access Point modes and will enable multiple wireless configurations.

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