Traditional wireless access points (AP) can also be easily tested with CDRouter. There are two ways this can be done:
Test the AP as a bridge. To enable bridge mode testing in CDRouter set the testvar forwardingMode to bridge . In this setup CDRouter connects directly to the APs WAN interface. For more information on this setup, please see this Knowledge Base article.
Test the AP as part of a larger setup involving a traditional NAT router. In this setup the AP is connected to the LAN side of a NAT router. The NAT router acts as the gateway device for the access point and performs all routing functions. CDRouter’s WAN configuration should match the WAN configuration of the NAT router.
Regardless of which setup is chosen, CDRouter will connect to the AP’s LAN interface via IEEE 802.11 a, b, g, n, or ac wireless. This setup requires that a compatible wireless interface be installed in the host system (PCI or USB) and reduces the number of required dedicated Ethernet interfaces from two to one.
CDRouter’s wireless client supports most of the common security schemes available today including basic wireless, WEP, WPA-PSK, WPA-802.1X, and 802.1X-WEP. CDRouter also supports a number of EAPOL and RADIUS options for further customizing the behavior of wireless clients.
The setup shown below involves an AP connected to a NAT router. To test an AP as a bridge, simply omit the NAT router from the test setup.
- CDRouter or CDRouter Multiport
- One dedicated Ethernet network interface
- One dedicated USB or PCI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless interface
- One wireless access point
- Allows wireless access points to be tested with CDRouter
- Great for identifying issues between different wireless technologies and security schemes
- Great for verifying the stability and robustness of the access point over time
- Test setup can be expanded by installing multiple wireless clients in the CDRouter host system
- Requires only one dedicated Ethernet interface in the host system (WAN)