wireless distribution system
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wireless distribution systemTwo or more Wi-Fi base stations (access points) that function as a single system. Wireless distribution system (WDS) extends a Wi-Fi hotspot to a larger geographic area without having to run wires to each access point (AP). WDS APs forward packets to other WDS APs and can simultaneously accept new connections from users while forwarding packets from ongoing user sessions. However, traffic between the WDS APs does reduce the overall available bandwidth in the wireless network.
All access points in a WDS network must use the same encryption method, keys and radio channel but can have different service set identifiers (SSIDs). See Wi-Fi, access point 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 (same as 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.|