Do I want a Repeater or a Bridge? (OpenWrt)

I’m setting up a network with openwrt. I have a router that I have set up for wifi which I will use as an access point. I want to add another router to my network so that the two can exchange traffic wirelessly. Right now, my computer is connected to the access point over a wifi connection. If I connect the access point to the second router with an ethernet cord, everything can ping back and forth. But like I said, I want the two routers to be able to communicate wirelessly.

My question is, if I want the two routers to send traffic back and forth wirelessly, do I need to configure one node as a repeater or as a bridge? From what I’ve been reading, either can work. The only difference seems like, if I have a repeater, I have to have one router dedicated just to that.

I’m fairly new to wireless communication. I’ve been wading through forums and openwrt docs for a while. I haven’t been able to implement either a bridge or a repeater successfully so I thought maybe my understanding of the fundamentals was wrong.

Thanks for any help!

Asked By: user461262


A repeater will be repeating data. Both devices will be working as access points. If you use bridging you will propably loose the access point.

Answered By: dSoultanis

The two options are similar.

  1. Bridge

    This sets up your device so that it bridges traffic between the ethernet interface and the wireless interface. Nothing more. Nothing less. Your ethernet interface needs to be connected back to the rest of your network so that wireless devices connecting to the Access Point can see your network. If you have multiple Access Points configured as bridges they all need to have an ethernet connection back to the same point. To allow roaming transparently between them they must all use the same SID but should be on different channels.

  2. Repeater

    This sets up your Access Point so that it listens to another AP and re-broadcasts what it hears. It also acts as an Access Point for local wireless devices and then rebroadcasts the traffic back to the other AP. There is no wired connection to your network, so a Repeater can be installed anywhere within wireless range of another connected Access Point. The disadvantage is that the presence of a single-radio Repeater on your network will halve the wireless throughput. Typically such a Repeater will have to use the same channel as the Access Point to which it’s paired. Newer Repeaters can listen and transmit simultaneously so throughput is not significantly impaired.

If you have a single Access Point connected to a router in a home scenario then you want Bridged mode.

If you need multiple Access Points, the primary one will always be Bridged. The additional devices will either be Bridged APs or Repeaters. Of choice, if you can run an ethernet cable (or powerline) to the secondary device(s), I’d go for the bridged option every time.

Answered By: roaima

Repeater and bridge is same, difference one copy the same SSID,another one can change SSID as you wish

From Omylink Technology Co.,LTD (OEM Openwrt Router)

Answered By: Ma Benson
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