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Bridging separate networks

I am sure this question is answered somewhere, and should be easy enough to figure out the answer to if I really tried. But, I can't seem to wrap my head around this one. So, If there are two separate mesh networks in a given area (I.e. at one or more points their signals overlap) can the two (or more) networks be simply bridged together by having 2 nodes, one on each network, cabled (dtd link) together?  In that case, will users on one network see the resources of the other network in their mesh scan?


If that would not create the appearance of a single large network, what, if any, ways are there to accomplish that?


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you are correct in your

you are correct in your assumption.  ;-)

As long as both networks are speaking the "V3" mesh protocol it should work fine.  Just make sure that your network switch (ie. Netgear, Ubiquiti, etc, is properly configured for DTDLink-ing)

Thanks Darryl.  Just to be

Thanks Darryl.  Just to be sure I get this 100%.  The SSID is only used to establish the connection between nodes. The SSID is not retained as meta data or used in packet routing within the mesh network.  Stated slightly differently, the SSID is only used at the link layer and is not used in routing or higher network layers.


AE6XE's picture
Correct, the SSID is only

Correct, the SSID is only used at the 802.11 adhoc mode protocol level.   It does not extend across a DtDlink physical cable as it is only local to an RF island of nodes with same SSID, channel, and channel width.     

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