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UHF
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Short PtP link

I have a client that needs to connect two buildings together. They are across the street from each other, a few hundred at most. Currently they are using a couple of Linksys routers with external antennas. It works, mostly, but is slow and needs rebooted a lot.

Would a pair of RBSEXTANTG-5HnD units work for this application? They simply need a bridged connection between the two LANs. Would they need any other equipment to make the link besides the gigabit switches they already have?



viperm
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join:2002-07-09
Winchester, CA

They should work fine. May have to turn down the power all the way.



UHF
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Thanks!


bburley

join:2010-04-30
Cold Lake, AB
reply to UHF

I would recommend using this method.

»wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Transpare···ing_MPLS

I used it on a pair of SXT's and it works well.


jcremin

join:2009-12-22
Siren, WI
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What is your reasoning for using MPLS vs just a simple WDS bridge? Seems like a lot of extra complication for no additional gain that I'm aware of.



Inssomniak
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Cayuga, ON
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reply to UHF

Yea just a WDS link is more than enough for that.


bburley

join:2010-04-30
Cold Lake, AB
reply to jcremin

MPLS was supposed to make the link a bit faster but I didn't actually do any comparisons on that claim. What interested me is the "transparent" part. I have had funny issues in the past with MAC addresses being translated to the MAC address of the bridge device. I have read that this is normal behavior for an RFC compliant bridge but I didn't want that 'feature'. I want to see all of the original MAC addresses left the way they are.


LLigetfa

join:2006-05-15
Fort Frances, ON
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said by bburley:

I have had funny issues in the past with MAC addresses being translated to the MAC address of the bridge device. I have read that this is normal behavior for an RFC compliant bridge but I didn't want that 'feature'.

WDS fixes that.
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jcremin

join:2009-12-22
Siren, WI
kudos:2
reply to bburley

said by bburley:

MPLS was supposed to make the link a bit faster

I believe that was true when 802.11n first came out... MT had a problem with poor performance on WDS links, but they fixed that quite awhile ago. I looked at the Wiki article, and it appears nobody has updated it since then. When I set up my first few 11n links, I did have to use MPLS, but as soon as regular WDS bridging performance was fixed, I dumped the MPLS stuff since it was much more complicated than the simple WDS setup. And it does pass mac addresses properly.

bburley

join:2010-04-30
Cold Lake, AB

Thanks for the info. I know someone who is just setting up some WDS links and we'll have to compare notes. I will likely try it out myself... I will add it to my long list