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is it possible, to PC <-LAN-> AP <-Wifi-> AP <-> internet?

With those TP-LINK routers, Yes it is!

Why do other routers not have this “Wifi Bridge” (!) functionality?

It is rather simple:

How to created multiple Wifi AccessPoints connecting (WDS Wifi Bridge) to one central Internet-Wifi-AccessPoint – Difference between TL-WA901N and TL-WA901ND

update: 2021-02

Fritzboxes have upgraded WLAN security to WPA2+WPA3… it seams the WDS was disabled?

it is pretty nice what modes the TP-LINK WIFI Routers support, for example the TL-WA901ND v5 450Mbps Wireless N Access Point, it comes with PoE per default and offers those WIFI / WLAN modes:


Please select the proper operation mode according to your needs:
Access Point  – Transform your existing wired network to a wireless network.
Repeater(Range Extender)  – Extend your existing wireless coverage by relaying wireless signal.
Bridge with AP  – Combine two local networks via wireless connection.
Client  – Acting as a “Wireless Adapter” to connect your wired devices (e.g. Xbox/PS3) to a wireless network.
Multi-SSID  – Create multiple wireless networks to provide different security and VLAN groups.

the client mode can be especially interesting, the user can user the router like a LAN connected WIFI Dongle! 🙂

which is used on a daily basis with an older version: TP-Link TL-WR841N/ND v11

had no USB WIFI Dongle available so the question was: Why not use a spare Wifi-router as an AdHoc Wifi-Client to connect to the Wifi-internet instead of an USB dongle?

and it not only does that, but it also allows WIFI clients to connect to the Bridge and forwards the traffic to the central-internet-connected Wifi-AccessPoint (CICWAP).

Disable DHCP on the TP-LINK as the DHCP of the central-internet-connected Wifi-AccessPoint (CICWAP) will be used 😀

OpenWRT and has the WDS feature too, with TP-LINK no not even need to modify the firmware.

it is maybe not a perfect solution (dd-wrt or OpenWRT + relayd might be the cleaner solution)

Hardware used:

TP-LINK WR841N v11 00000000 in “bridge-with-ap-mode” connecting to Fritzbox 7490 Wifi (works pretty well)

what does not work so well is: TL-WA901ND <-bridge-with-ap-mode-> TL-WA901ND, get frequent disconnects/reconnects (every ~20min for 30sec?)

Firmware Version 3.16.9 Build 151021 Rel.76995n

config the router:

i assume you have factory defaults… when you connect via LAN cable to Port1 of your router – the router the first time you get an dynamic IP address 192.168.XXX.100.

So your router will be available at 192.168.XXX.1 – browse to that.

Default Username and Password are:

usr: admin
pwd: admin

  1. Disable WPS, UPnP – it is a security problem – maybe also IPv6 support if you do not need it (usually not inside LANs).
  2. You can leave the Firewall on.
  3. Go to network settings: and change the router’s IP to something (e.g. else than your Wifi AP’s network (

reboot the router and reconnect to the new IP…

save the settings… go to Wireless Security and give your TP-LINK a Wifi password.

then restart the router.

disable DHCP inside the TP-LINK router:

now your client’s should automatically get DHCP-assigned-IP-address from your main-internet enabled WiFi-Router.

if you need to reconnect with your router fire up a root terminal:

ifconfig eno1:0 up



should work.

the router should now be able to connect to the internet via your other Wifi router.

if not try this:

optional: config the client(s)

but once this is configured – it works flawlessly.

the big antennas of the router provide pretty good reception.

ifconfig; # old command - not available in CentOS7 anymore :(
eth5      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:e0:6f:28:fe:97  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::2e0:6fff:fe28:fe97/64 Scope:Link

ip addr show; # alternative command
2: eth5: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:e0:6f:28:fe:97 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global eth5
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::2e0:6fff:fe28:fe97/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

ifconfig eth5:0 up; # give your NIC a new IP to access the router as well as internet at the same time

ip route show; # show routes
default via dev eth5 proto static metric 1024 dev eth5 proto kernel scope link src dev eth5 proto kernel scope link src 

# you should be able to ping
ping; # the tplink router
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.279 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.277 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.252 ms

ping; # the router that got internet
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=4.52 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=4.64 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=3.01 ms

ping yahoo.de; # the internet
PING yahoo.de ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from aviate.yahoo.com ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=46 time=193 ms
64 bytes from aviate.yahoo.com ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=46 time=195 ms
64 bytes from aviate.yahoo.com ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=46 time=204 ms



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