Routing Vs Bridging on Wireless Point-to-Point Mikrotik – Wireless Point-to-Point is a wireless communication connection between two points, where one host (access point) is connected to only one client (station). The implementation of Point-to-Point Wireless (P2P) on Mikrotik requires a minimal Level 3 RouterOS license with the bridge-station mode. Wireless P2P Mikrotik can be done by routing or bridging method. Differences in routing and bridging methods on point-to-point wireless Mikrotik are as follows:
Routing method is done by providing IP address on WLAN and Ether interface with the different network segment, so to connect two different segments is done routing, either in dynamic or static. Examples of routing configuration can be seen in the following figure:
The advantage of using routing methods is that there is no broadcast traffic or flood that can reduce the performance of wireless networks. While the drawback is the need for more complicated configuration with the use of more IP addresses.
The bridging method is to bridge the WLAN and Ether interfaces so that it can be assigned one IP address or no IP address to be transparent, as shown in the following figure:
The advantages of using the bridging method are the allocation of the use of fewer IP addresses, even without an IP address. While the shortcomings that will occur broadcast traffic or the flood of each client that can lead to decreased performance of wireless networks so it is not suitable to be applied to large-scale networks.
Of both methods both Routing and Bridging have their respective advantages and disadvantages. If you want to build a transparent Wireless Point-to-point network you can use bridging techniques. Whereas if you want to build a large-scale Wireless Point-to-Point network with many clients and stations that can use routing techniques. For configuration and how its setting will be discussed in the next article in this blog Mikrotik Networking.