Legacy Open Mesh: Connecting client devices to an Open Mesh Access Point’s Ethernet ports

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This article explains how to connect client devices to an Open Mesh Access Point's Ethernet ports.

Environment

  • Open Mesh Access Points

Description

The Ethernet ports on the access points can operate as either:

  • a network uplink port (used to talk to the local network and internet).
  • a wired client access port (used to pass a wired client's traffic onto the local network).

Details

The access point will listen for DHCP traffic on each Ethernet port.

  • If the access point hears an active DHCP server responding to lease requests, then that port is set as a network uplink port.
  • If the access point hears DHCP lease requests, but no DHCP server responses, then it sets the port up for wired client access.

This process is automatic and is not manually configurable.

Wired client access ports

When you set the port for wired client access, it will treat the client as if it is connected to one of the configured SSIDs. You can set the SSID under Configure  Advanced  Bridge wired clients.

 Bridge-Settings.PNGFigure 1: Bridging wired clients (click to enlarge)

If you want the client device bridged directly onto the local network, set Bridge wired clients and Bridge SSID to the same SSID.

Static IP Addresses

Since wired client access mode requires the client device to request an IP address via DHCP, devices using a static IP address will not work.

Switches

Wired Client mode is designed to work with the client device directly plugged into the access point. If you add a switch between the client and the access point, it stops the client from detecting if the link has gone down. Typically this causes the client device to lose connectivity because it stops sending DHCP requests after access point reconfiguration events happen.

If you have a busy network where DHCP requests are made consistently, or you adjust your DHCP server to provide very short lease times, then this may work, but technical support cannot troubleshoot such setups.

Wireless Repeaters

Plugging wireless repeaters into each other is not supported.


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