Primary router: Netgear 3500L w/ Tomato USB EXT 1.28 build 52
Secondary router: Linksys WRT54G v2.2 w/ Tomato 1.28
WPA w/TKIP encrytion is used on the bridge. The remote router is set to Wirelsss Ethernet Bridge and all network IP address's are supplied via the primary router DHCP server. They are connecting on a clear channel (channel 6) at 54Mps with both routers set to 'G' Only.
On the Primary router I have 2 computers (one is Windows XP, the other is Windows 7 x64) and a network connected printer/scanner/fax
The secondary router has a NAS200 and a 3rd computer connected (running XP).
There is a laptop that links in wirelessly from time to time.
I can establish the wireless bridge without issues. I can FTP into the NAS, I can view network shares on any machine, or do anything you could do if it was wired up into a small wired LAN. I can stream video from the NAS and FTP concurrently across the bridge with no issues from any machine on the network. However, if I access any machine ACROSS the wireless bridge, every other machine on the internet suddenly has a massive amount of lag and will even time out when connecting to a web page. It does not matter if I am going from the primary to secondary or vice versa. As soon as you access another machine via the wirelsss bridge the network chokes EXCEPT for the two machines that are being used.
That is strange to me. I could see the machine on the secondary router getting pinched for bandwidth, but a wired machine on the primary router should still be uneffected as they are wired right into the router and then out via the bridged DSL modem.
When I check the bandwidth, it is nowhere near the DSL bandwidth limit as read from the WAN graph. The router load still reads 0.00/0.00/0.00 in the overview after running a 20 minute streaming video from the NAS. As soon as I hit pause everyone suddenly has full speed again.
As I understand it, QOS does not effect internal network traffic. I turned it off anyway and it did not seem to effect anything.
I decided to remove the switch from the equation. I have a netgear 10/100 8 port unmanaged switch that I hooked all the machines on the pimary router into it and then hooked this switch into the router. Same issue.
If you disable encrytion, there is no effect on this lag issue.
Any ideas on this one?
Thank you for any insight.
As a side note: You can not use WPA w/aes for a bridge. Both routers will accept the settings, but they will not sync up and communicate. I am not sure if this is a bug or not.