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airMAX - WDS on a Point to Point (PtP) Link

Should I enable Wireless Distribution System (WDS) on a Point-to-Point (PtP) link?


Yes, if both radios are Ubiquiti. While there are some other manufacturers who use WDS that is compatible with Ubiquiti radios, WDS can vary depending on the manufacturer. WDS is a way to enable layer-2 transparency across radio links. Because it preserves the MAC address from the traffic source, enabling WDS on bridged links is always recommended. WDS is not designed to interoperate between radio vendors, so by using two Ubiquiti radios, users can pass virtually all traffic across wireless links. 
User Tip: All airMAX AC radios have WDS enabled by default.

To enable WDS:

  1. Navigate to the Wireless tab of the AP/Station radio.
  2. Check the WDS box, then click on  Change and Apply the settings.
  3. Do the same for the AP.