2 APs have a backhaul via 802.11ax 5ghz. 4x4 80mhz. They are located fairly close to each other.
When I do iperf3 from either end to the other end I get impressive speeds. 900mbit - 1gbit both ways.
One of the APs, as well as having the WDS link to the other AP is an access point for client devices. On a single adapter.
So essentially it looks like this:
AP1 - phy0-ap0
AP2 - phy0-sta0 is connected to AP1 phy0-ap0 via WDS (tried 802.11s as well)
AP2 - phy0-ap0 is an access point for clients to use
AP1 to AP2, I easily hit 900+mbits.
A client connected to AP2 phy0-ap0 will reach around 250-280 mbits iperf3-ing through the AP, no higher. Naturally iperf3-ing to the AP it self it will hit impressive speeds, 800mbits.
I tried 802.11s mesh, which worked just fine, but the performance was pretty much the same.
Is this normal behavior?
PS : I just (today) upgraded one of the APs. I swapped my mini pcie based wifi adapter to an asiarf 802.11ax one. Previously I had a QCA9984 based 4x4 one. The AP to AP iperf3 performance jumped up about 250mbits... But the "client throught the AP" performance stayed pretty much the same.
Sounds about right. A typical wireless client only has a 1x1 or 2x2 antenna(s). (1t x 1r or 2t x 2r)
1x1 = 433Mbps max on 5ghz 802.11ac = 200Mbps typical throughput
2x2 = 866Mbps max " " = 400Mbps typical throughput.
Very few wireless clients have 4x4 unless you are buying a special wireless adapter that can do it. I think some mac books have 4x4.
At that point it may be worth considering buying another cheaper used router instead and using 802.11s and dedicating that node to a wired client. Sometimes the used routers are cheaper than a brand new 4x4 wireless NIC. But that is up to you. WDS doesn't support WPA3 but 802.11s does.
A 4x4 NIC would need a 4x4 AP and the router may not be happy juggling all that in conjunction with WDS or 802.11s. Ie. You might not get max rates unless you have a dedicated 4x4 AP (802.11ax).
Whereas the iperf3 test from 2 wired clients plugged in to the AP's will force them to use full bandwidth 4t x 4r = 1732Mbps max = 850Mbps and then 900-1000Mbps when you swapped in the 802.11ax card.
Are both cards wifi6 or wifi6e?
I don't like wifi6 since it uses 2.4Ghz which is usually crowded.
WDS is around 25% faster than 802.11s in my testing between 2 APs on version 19.07.