How to setup a OpenWrt repeater in a network with an OpenWrt router?


I've recently setup a TP-Link Archer C7 V5 with OpenWrt. Today I installed OpenWrt also on my EX3800. Now I want to setup the EX3800 for the network. But I didn't found a explanation that fits my needs. Maybe you guys can help me with figuring out what I need to do.

So here is what I want to accomplish:

  • Connect to the 2.4 and 5GHz wifi of the router
  • Extend both the wifi signals with the same SSIDs
  • All devices connected to the EX3800 should get an DNS + DHCP address from router
  • back and forth connection of all devices between repeater and router should work
  • The EX3800 has a ethernet port that should get DNS + DHCP address from router

I hope I didn't forget something and I really hope that somebody could help me with this. :slight_smile:

-- dataCobra

The "client mode" guide covers exactly this scenario.

Well, could you write down the link for me? Maybe my eyes are not so good that I over looked that. :confused:

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WDS is probably the easiest for one VLAN with both running OpenWrt, assuming both hardware support it.


You only need one WDS link, it should be 5 GHz. Set up the extension router as a dumb AP-- the WDS link, the 2.4 users, the 5 users, and the Ethernet port all bridged into LAN.