Using a pair of Archer C6 to build a WDS wireless bridge
I am looking to build a wireless bridge between the 1st and the 4th floor of the same building. As of today, I am evaluating two different solutions:
- A pair of TL-WA901N 450Mbps Wireless N Access Point (V6), the first configured as Access Point and the second configured as Range Extender, bridged through WDS;
- A pair of Archer C6 1200Mbps Wireless AC Router (V2), the first configured as Access Point and the second configured as Router, bridged through WDS.
In both cases, the first device (the Access Point) will be connected to a D-Link COVR P2500 AV1300 Powerline adapter through a Gigabit port (4th floor), while the second one (the Range Extender / Router) will serve as an Access Point for a couple of eufy security cams using the 2.4 GHz band (1st floor).
My concerns are:
- I'm not sure whether the Archer C6 running in the 'Access Point' Operation Mode will still be able to work as a WDS node since when you switch from 'Router' to 'Access Point' Operation Mode using the web management console, you loose the WDS settings section altoghether;
- The addedd value of employing a couple of Archer C6 is the possibility to setup the WDS bridge by using the 5 GHz for the backhaul and leaving the 2,4 GHz band for the client devices (the eufy security cams, in this case); however, I read that WDS is pretty buggy when working through the 5 GHz band, and being forced to switch to the 2,4 GHz band for everything (backhaul and client access) would void any advantage of using a pair of C6 instead of a pair of TL-WA901N.
So, in the end I am wondering:
- Whether an Archer C6 V2 operating in Router mode is still able to bridge itself to an another Archer C6 V2 operating in Access Point mode by means of WDS, or whether both devices must rather be running in Router Mode at the same time in order to be WDS 'compatible'.
- If so, is today WDS reliable enough on the Archer C6 when used over the 5 GHz band, or a reliable link is ensured only when using the 2.4 GHz band?
Thank you in advance for any answer, thought or suggestion.