Wireless extender with Ethernet interconnections

I would like to add two additional routers to my primary (WAN-connected) LEDE router to extend the wifi.

I have read the relayd article at https://lede-project.org/docs/user-guide/relay_configuration but I have trouble understanding how it works. I think that those instructions result in the following:

  • A flat/bridged network, with all devices on
  • All devices get a DHCP IP address from the main router (the "wifi extender" router(s) simply pass through DHCP requests/responses)
  • A single broadcast domain (the wifi extenders pass all broadcast/multicast frames)
  • The wifi extender routers connect via a wireless link to the main router
  • Presumably all mDNS/Bonjour queries/responses would be passed everywhere in the subnet

My questions: I have the luxury of Ethernet between the main router and the two wifi extenders that I want to install.

  1. Will relayd work across Ethernet interconnects
  2. What changes would be necessary for the settings?
  3. Anything else I should be aware of?


relayd is for creating a wireless bridge between the main router and secondary device. If you can run a cable between the devices, then you can use a dumb AP.

OK. I will check the instructions for the LEDE Dumb AP at https://lede-project.org/playground/qsg_lede_installation_guide?do=#choose_your_usage_scenario

Hello @richb-hanover did you manage to do this?

Yesterday I set up a bridged access point using this recipe as a guide. It was incredibly easy and works brilliantly. I'd be happy to explain more if you need it...

Thanks for the pointer. I haven't scrounged the time to modify my network to try this, but I also was directed to another article that accomplishes essentially the same thing.

Dumb AP recipe: https://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/recipes/dumbap
Bridged AP recipe: https://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/recipes/bridgedap

Both of these connect the LAN ports of the "extender access point" to the main router's LAN (using an Ethernet), so it's a big bridged network. This will work fine in a home or small network environment.

Question on the differences.

@EvanCarroll - you have resurrected a very old thread with simply a link to an article and a super vague question. It is best to start your own thread and to include your question in the body of the post. (The clarity of the question is critical). To make this easier, you can elaborate here and I’ll move your post to a new thread, or you can delete your post and begin a new thread yourself.

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