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Charter WiFi Netgear WNDR3800/4300 Wireless Distribution System (WDS)

Netgear WNDR3800 and 4300

You can set the WNDR3800/4300 router up to be used as a wireless access point (AP). Doing this enables the router to act as a wireless repeater. A wireless repeater connects to another wireless router and expands the range of a wireless network
 
 

General

Router Login

  1. Launch a browser from a computer or wireless device that is connected to the router
  2. In the address bar type routerlogin.net or routerlogin.com and press Enter

routerlogin.net

The login window displays:

login window

  1. Enter your user name and password. Note: The user name and password is case sensitive

The default user name is: admin
The default password is: password

  1. Click the OK button

You will be taken to the router’s Home Screen

router home screen

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WDS Overview

Wireless repeating is a type of Wireless Distribution System (WDS). A WDS allows a wireless network to be expanded through multiple wireless access points. The following figure shows a wireless repeating scenario.

wireless repeating

Wireless Base Station (Parent) - The Netgear WNDR3800/4300 acts as the parent access point, bridging traffic to and from the child repeater access point, as well as handling wireless and wired local computers. To configure this mode, you must know the MAC address of the child repeater access point.

Wireless Repeater (Child) - The Netgear WNDR3800/4300 sends all traffic from its local wireless or wired computers to a remote access point. To configure this mode, you must know the MAC address of the parent access point.

Note: The WNDR3800/4300 router is always in dual band concurrent mode, unless you turn off one radio. Be aware that if you enable the wireless repeater in either the 2.4GHz or 5Ghz radio band, the wireless base station or wireless repeater cannot be enabled in the other radio band. However, if you enable the wireless base station in either radio band (2.4Ghz or 5Ghz), and use the other radio band as a wireless router or wireless base station, dual band concurrent mode is not affected.

Requirements

For you to set up a wireless network with WDS, ­the following conditions MUST be met for both access points:

  1. Both access points MUST use the same SSID (Network Name)  and encryption mode
  2. Both access points MUST use the same wireless channel. Wireless channels must be manually set, the auto option cannot be used
  3. Both access points MUST be on the same LAN IP subnet. That is, all the access point LAN IP addresses are in the same network
  4. All LAN devices (wired and wireless computers) MUST be configured to operate in the same LAN network address range as the access points
  5. You MUST select either WEP or None as a security option in the Wireless Settings screen. The WEP option displays only if you select the wireless mode Up to 54Mbps in the Wireless Settings screen
  6. The wireless repeating function works only in hub and spoke mode
  7. The units cannot be daisy-chained
  8. First, set up the base station, and then set up the repeater

Setup

Wireless Base Station

Before setting up the Netgear WNDR3800/4300 as a Wireless Base Station, ensure all requirements are met. Click here for conditions that must be met to successfully setup the WDS function of the Netgear WNDR3800/4300.

  1. Log in to the router. Click here for instructions
  2. Click the Advanced tab
  3. Click Advanced Setup
  4. Click Wireless Repeating Function

wireless repeating function

  1. In the Wireless Repeating Function screen select the Enable Wireless Repeating Function check box for the wireless band you wish to use. You may need to use the scroll bar to view the 5Ghz band options
  2. Select the Wireless Base Station radio button
  3. In the Repeater MAC Address field(s) enter the MAC address for one or more repeater units
  4. Click Apply to save your changes

ender MAC address for repeater unit

Note: If you select the Disable Wireless Client Association check box, only Ethernet cable connected devices will be able to associate with the router. Wireless devices will not be able to connect.

Wireless Repeater

Before setting up the Netgear WNDR3800/4300 as a Wireless Repeater, ensure all requirements are met. Click here for conditions that must be met to successfully setup the WDS function of the Netgear WNDR3800/4300.

  1. Log in to the router. Click here for instructions
  2. Click the Advanced tab
  3. Click Advanced Setup
  4. Click Wireless Repeating Function  

wireless repeating function

  1. In the Wireless Repeating Function screen select the Enable Wireless Repeating Function check box for the wireless band you wish to use. You may need to use the scroll bar to view the 5Ghz band options
  2. Select the Wireless Repeater radio button
  3. Enter the IP address of the repeater. This IP address has to be in the same subnet as the base station, but different from the LAN IP of the base station
  4. In the Base Station MAC Address field enter the MAC address of the router being used as the Base Station
  5. Click Apply to save your changes

enable wireless repeating function

Note: If you select the Disable Wireless Client Association check box, only Ethernet cable connected devices will be able to associate with the router. Wireless devices will not be able to connect.

Disclaimer

Charter does not provide technical support for the Wireless Distribution System (WDS) feature of the Netgear WNDR3800/4300 router used by some Charter WiFi customers.

While Charter is able to support most advanced features of this router, the foregoing feature may require that you establish an individual relationship with vendors such as Netgear or dyndns.org, or require the use of a customer owned third-party device.  As a result, Charter does not have the visibility necessary to assist with setup or support for this service.  You may visit the vendor's websites for more information on setting up or troubleshooting this service.  Please be advised that these vendors may charge for support for this feature.

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