When you setup a wireless bridge with Tomato, it’s best to use two identical routers of the same model number. I also recommend that you install the same firmware version on both routers. Ideally, you’ll get the best overall performance by using two dual band routers. Use one band for the wireless bridge. Use the other for your wireless clients.
Do you have a multi-level home or outbuilding? Maybe you have a neighbor who wants to share some Internet love? Well, you’re in luck, my friend!
A couple of years ago, I setup a wireless bridge for my parents. The distance was about 1800 ft (550 Meters) straight line-of-sight. I used two directional WiFi antennas (parabolic grid antennas) and a pair of ASUS RT-N66U routers. That setup has been working like a champ.
A wireless bridge is a powerful feature that can extend your WiFi range and even bridge two or more subnetworks together. Tomato routers have various wireless modes, such as; Wireless Client Bridge, Wireless Ethernet Bridge, and WDS (Wireless Distribution System). In this section, we’ll cover each wireless bridge mode and how to set them up.
When you setup a wireless bridge between two Tomato routers, bear in mind that Tomato doesn’t offer a “repeater bridge” mode. But it does have a mode called “Access Point + WDS”. This is similar to how the repeater bridge mode in DD-WRT operates. They both retransmit the broadcast and they both decrease throughput with each wireless hop.
Tomato offers a wireless bridge mode that allows you to connect to a host router much like any other wireless client. In ‘client mode’, the router does not retransmit wireless signal to other clients. Client mode is great when you want to put a group of computers on a different subnet, but those computers can be connected with an Ethernet cable.