Building and Managing Wired Networks with Sputnik Agent NMS
How to set up a wireless network with a wired backbone that enables seamless roaming across Wi-Fi APs. Using Sputnik Agent NMS, you can manage the "range extender" nodes in SputnikNet, for free.
Note: this document assumes that you've already provisioned your access points with Sputnik Instant Setup. The primary Sputnik-powered device (base station) should be assigned a standard or pro subscription; range extenders should be assigned an NMS subscription. Please see Provisioning Sputnik-Powered Devices with Sputnik Instant Setup for more information.
Set up the master (base station) node - reset to defaults
Set up the master (base station) node - basic wireless settings
Reset Sputnik-powered range extender to defaults
Set up the range extender node - Setup/Basic Settings/WAN Setup
Set up the range extender node - Setup/Basic Settings/Router IP
Set up the range extender node - Setup/Basic Settings/WAN Port
Set up the range extender node - DHCP Forwarder
Disable SPI firewall on the range extender
Set up the range extender node - Wireless/Basic Settings
- From the DD-WRT interface select "Wireless/Basic Settings".
- Make sure "Wireless Mode" is set to "AP" (the default).
- Set the "Wireless Network Name (SSID)" to the same name as used above (e.g. "myhotspot").
- Note that you can use a different wireless channel than the master node to increase coverage while minimizing interference. (But generally speaking, the wireless channel setting doesn't matter.)
- Leave all other settings unchanged and click "Save" and then "Apply Settings".
Cable a LAN port of the base station to the WAN port of the range extender.