WRT54G*, pfsense and OLSR mesh…



  • Hi,

    We have 15 WRT54GL as access points scattered around all wired to a pfsense box.

    We would like to try setting up a mesh using OLSR.  Does it exist an howto for this using pfsense or does anyone have tips and info for basic setup and optimum settings…?

    best regards

    Tor



  • Here is a link to a post with some basic configuration information.

    Remember when setting up WDS  each additional Access Point the bandwidth will drop significantly.

    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,7341.0.html



  • @sabo:

    Here is a link to a post with some basic configuration information.

    Remember when setting up WDS  each additional Access Point the bandwidth will drop significantly.

    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,7341.0.html

    Sabo,

    Mesh is NOT WDS (although) some think it works the same (grin).

    I have not tried configuring a WRT-54 (Linksys) with OpenWRT to run in Mesh mode yet but have done so with PFSense running on three Alix boards - given the Mesh software is basically the same on the OpenWRT implementation and the PFSense implementation it should work fine.

    Just a note: WDS (Wireless Distribution System) and OLSR (optimised Link-State Routing) are two completely different animals - WDS is setup as a static-linked repeater system with fixed-path routing where as OLSR (mesh) is a true self-learning dynamic routing-relay system.  The OLSR system is self-healing in terms of repeater hops and optimises itself as to the changing conditions of the radio links (quality).

    At some point in the near future I plan on working with the OLSR package on PFSense and the WRT-54 routers to see how robust the system actually is - I can see where such a system would be advantagous in some applications (especially mobile-based systems).

    Just some thoughts…

    gm...


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