Hi TP-Link community,
I've followed the instructions listed here to try and extend my wireless range downstairs: https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/1083/
But even though WDS is enabled (shows "WDS Status: Run" on the Advanced -> Status page), and DHCP on the bridging router is disabled, I can only ping the root router and bridging router; I don't have internet access.
Any ideas? Root router is a Netgear R7000, and the bridging router is this TP-Link Archer C8.
Here is the result of pinging the bridging router (192.168.1.2), and the root router (192.168.1.1):
moi@moi-surface:~$ ping -c 4 192.168.1.2
PING 192.168.1.2 (192.168.1.2) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 192.168.1.2: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=2.19 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.2: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=2.25 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.2: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=2.18 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.2: icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=4.45 ms
--- 192.168.1.2 ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3003ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 2.179/2.765/4.446/0.970 ms
moi@moi-surface:~$ ping -c 4 192.168.1.1
PING 192.168.1.1 (192.168.1.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=4.37 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=2.45 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=3.77 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.1.1: icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=3.67 ms
--- 192.168.1.1 ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3005ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 2.451/3.563/4.365/0.695 ms
Update: If within Windows' network settings I manually specify the IP address (I set it to the same as the automatically-assigned one), subnet mask (255.255.255.0), and default gateway (this one I changed from the automatically assigned 192.168.1.2 to the root router's 192.168.1.1), I have internet access!
But how do I make this process automatic? I don't want to configure the default gateway for every device that tries to connect to the extended network.