When I set one up, I don't have them in one chain.  Normally I would have
the gateway in the electrical room and associate APs to the left and to the
right and to one upstairs.  3 branches normally.  If one section goes down
the others can normally be used dep0ending on the signal.  But honestly, I
haven't had any issues with any of the installs except when the hotel
employees decide to hit reset buttons.

Bob-



-----Original Message-----
From: wireless-boun...@wispa.org [mailto:wireless-boun...@wispa.org] On
Behalf Of Greg Ihnen
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2010 3:43 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Hotel

One reason to avoid WDS is to have some redundancy - each AP is an island.
If you use WDS and have three AP's (A, B, and C) and they're all wired to
the router and one AP goes down you still have all the others working. If
you're using WDS and the topology is such that AP "A" is the only one
connected to the router and it feeds AP "B" which  feeds AP "C" and if you
lose AP "A" the whole network is down since the other two AP's would have no
connection to the internet. If instead AP "A" is still good but you lose AP
"B" then both "B" and "C" are down since AP "C" has no connection to the
internet.

Plus there's the loss of bandwidth with all the repeating going on with WDS.

Greg

On Mar 3, 2010, at 11:22 PM, RickG wrote:

> How about saving all the effort of hardwiring and use WDS and not
> hardwire - any drawbacks?
> (I've never used WDS and looking for an excuse :)
> 
> On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM, Jerry Richardson
> <jrichard...@aircloud.com> wrote:
>> WDS is for repeating an AP's clients through another AP.
>> 
>> Since you are hardwiring each AP (best), there is no need for WDS.
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: wireless-boun...@wispa.org [mailto:wireless-boun...@wispa.org] On
Behalf Of RickG
>> Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2010 6:38 PM
>> To: WISPA General List
>> Subject: Re: [WISPA] Hotel
>> 
>> Why not WDS?
>> 
>> On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 5:41 PM, Jerry Richardson
>> <jrichard...@aircloud.com> wrote:
>>> same ssid = yes
>>> same channel = no. use 1, 6, 11
>>> wds = no
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>> On Mar 3, 2010, at 2:30 PM, "Steve Barnes" <st...@pcswin.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> I have a hotel that it takes 3 AP to cover well.  I am going to use
>>>> 3 MT411 all wired back to a RB450 router for hotspot.  I plan to set
>>>> all the 411 to bridged and all the same channel and SSID.  Is this
>>>> the best way.  Is there any reason to do WDS?
>>>> 
>>>> Steve Barnes
>>>> RC-WiFi Wireless Internet Service
>>>> 
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