TP-Link TL-WA500G 54M Wireless Access Point Wireless Mode Settings

Category : TL-WA500G

Selecting Wireless > Wireless Mode will enable you to set up the wireless mode for your wireless network appropriate to your needs on the screen below.

Wireless Mode Settings

Disable Wireless – Selecting the radio button before Disable Wireless will deny wireless stations access.
The wireless of this AP can be enabled or disabled to allow wireless stations access.
If disabled, wireless stations will not be able to access the AP.

The AP provides five operating modes: Access Point, Client, Repeater, Bridge (point to point), Bridge (point to Multi-point).

Note:
AP provides five operational modes: Access Point, Client, Repeater, Bridge (point to point), Bridge (point to Multi-point).

Access Point – The Access Point mode allows wireless stations including AP clients to access.

Enable SSID Broadcast – Checking the Enable SSID Broadcast box will enable Wireless Access Point to broadcast its name (SSID).

Client – The Client mode allows one or more remote LANs to connect a central LAN, and thus creating an extended virtual LAN.
In this way, any station of the Remote LAN can successfully communicate with any station of the central LAN, as if all of them belong to the same physical LAN. Wireless Stations can’t associate with AP Clients.

Enable WDS – Checking the Enable WDS (Wireless Distribution System) box will forward all traffic from wired networks in the format of WDS frames consist of four address fields.
The AP client can connect to AP with WDS enabled or disabled.
If WDS is disabled, three address frames are used.
If your AP supports WDS well, please select the option.

SSID – Enter the SSID of AP that you want to access.
If you select the radio button before SSID, the AP client will connect to AP according to SSID.

MAC of AP – Enter the MAC address of AP that you want to access.
If you select the radio button before MAC of AP, the AP client will connect to AP according to MAC address.

Repeater – The wireless Repeater mode allows the AP with its own BSS and with WDS enabled to relay data to a root AP, to which it is associated. The wireless repeater relays signal between its stations and the root AP for greater wireless range.
Please input the MAC address of root AP in the field of MAC of AP.

Universal Repeater – The Universal Repeater mode allows APs without WDS function to be communicated with.

Note:
If the available AP can’t support with WDS, you may select Client mode without WDS or Universal Repeater mode to associate with the AP.

Here is an example of how to configure wireless repeater.

1.Configure the Operating Mode of the TL-WA500G Access Points.
Configure AP1 on LAN Segment 1 in Access Point mode.
Configure AP2 in Repeater mode with the MAC address of its root AP (AP1).
Configure AP3 in Repeater mode with the MAC address of its root AP (AP2).

Wireless repeating

2. Verify the wireless security parameters for all access points, if any.

3. Verify connectivity across the LANs.
A computer on any LAN segment should be able to connect to the Internet or share files and printers with any other PCs or servers connected to any of the three WLAN segments.

Note:
You can extend this repeating by adding up to 2 additional TL-WA500Gs configured in repeater mode.
However, since Repeater configurations communicate in half-duplex mode, the bandwidth decreases as you add Repeaters to the network.
Also, you can extend the range of the wireless network with wireless antenna accessories.

Bridge (Point to Point) – This Point to Point mode allows the AP to bridge another AP also in bridge mode to connect two wired LANs.
Please input the MAC address of the other AP in the field of MAC of AP.

With AP mode: Checking With AP mode box will make your AP support AP mode as well when it is in Bridge (Point to Point) mode.
Here is an example of how to configure Point-to-Point Bridge.

Here is an example of how to configure Point-to-Point Bridge.

Point to Point Bridge

1. Configure the TL-WA500G (AP1) on LAN Segment 1 in Point-to-Point Bridge mode.

2. Configure the TL-WA500G (AP2) on LAN Segment 2 in Point-to-Point Bridge mode.
AP1 must have AP2’s MAC address in its MAC Address field and AP2 must have AP1’s MAC address in its MAC Address field.

3. Configure and verify the following parameters for both access points:
Both use the same Channel and security settings if security is in use.
Verify connectivity across the LAN 1 and LAN 2. A computer on either LAN segment should be able to connect to the Internet or share files and printers of any other PCs or servers connected to LAN Segment 1 or LAN Segment 2.

Bridge (Point to Multi-Point) – This mode allows the AP to bridge up to 6 APs also in bridge mode to connect two or more wired LANs. Please input the MAC address of other APs in the field of MAC of AP1 to MAC of AP6.

With AP mode: Checking With AP mode box will make your AP support AP mode as well when it is in Bridge (Point to Multi-Point) mode.
Here is an example of how to configure multi-point bridging.

Point to Multi-point Bridge

1. Configure the Operating Mode of the TL-WA500G Access Points.

Because it is in the central location, configure TL-WA500G (AP1) on LAN Segment 1 in Point-to-Multi-Point Bridge mode. The MAC addresses of AP2 and AP3 are required in AP1.

Configure TL-WA500G (AP2) on LAN Segment 2 in Point-to-Point Bridge mode with the MAC Address of AP1.

Configure the TL-WA500G (AP3) on LAN 3 in Point-to-Point Bridge mode with the MAC Address of AP1.

2. Verify the following parameters for all access points.

All TL-WA500G Access Points use the same Channel, and security settings if any.

All Point-to-Point APs must have AP1’s MAC address in its AP MAC address field, and AP1 must have all All Point-to-Point APs’ MAC addresses.

3. Verify connectivity across the LANs.

A computer on any LAN segment should be able to connect to the Internet or share files and printers with any other PCs or servers connected to any of the three LAN segments.

Wireless stations will not be able to connect to the TL-WA500G Access Points in the illustration above.
If you require wireless stations to access any LAN segment, you can add TL-WA500G Access Points configured in Wireless Access Point mode to any LAN segment.

Note:
You can extend this multi-point bridging by adding additional TL-WA500Gs configured in Point-to-Point mode for each additional LAN segment.
Furthermore, you can extend the range of the wireless network with wireless antenna accessories.

Note:
To apply any settings you have altered on the page, please click the Save button, and wait the AP reboot automatically.



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