WDS/repeater vs Range Extender
Posted on 2007-10-01
I'd like to extend the range of my no-brand access point (without laying other cables). There seem to be 2 possibilities for this: either using another AP configured in WDS/repeater mode or using a Range Extender such as the dlink DWL G710.
Do you know what are the technical difference between these 2 kinds of repeating? I mean, which AP handles the association? what frames gets repeated? are they repeated exactly in the same way?
The Range Extender seems both simpler and more general (doesn't require the main AP to support WDS, supports WPA), but I guess there must be something worse in using a range extender wrt WDS otherwise I don't see why WDS should have been created/defined at all by 802.11.