Why the Repeater's MAC Address not the LAPTOP's?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by bench, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. bench

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    I'm using a DWL-G710 dlink repeater with DWL-7200AP dlink acces
    point. Network diagram is: laptop -> repeater -> access point -
    router -> interne
    Our router requires the MAC addresses of multiplelaptops connecting t
    the repeater for access monitoring but for some reason the router see
    the MAC address of the repeater. Is this a problem with the repeater

    bench, Mar 29, 2005
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  2. Not entirely sure I understand what the problem is...

    If you are using MAC address filtering, then you need to specify all
    the MAC addresses that appear in the wireless traffic. A repeater is
    an implementation of WDS (Wireless Distribution System) described in
    IEEE 802.11, and the MAC frames in such a link have 4 address fields.
    The are (informally) the original transmitter and the final
    recipient, and the transmitter/receiver of the current intermediate
    hop [1].

    So to get MAC address filtering to work you will need to specify the
    MAC address of both the laptop ans the repeater.

    Hope this helps

    [1] More formally, the MAC addresses are:
    DA Destination Address
    SA Source Address
    RA Receiver Address
    TA Transmitter Address


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