using an engenius wireless access point as a repeater for a sonicwall

would anyone know if I'll have a problem using an engenius wireless access point to act as a repeater for a sonicwall wirelss UTM's signal? I know the engenius can be set as a repeater.... but is that only when it's repeating a signal from another engenius device? I woudl think 802.11g is a standard so we should be ok with sonicwall to engenius?
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Craig BeckCommented:
I don't think you can repeat the signal from a SonicPoint via an Engenius bridge.  It's not a matter of being 802.11g compatible, but more that repeating itself isn't standard.  If you can use WDS on each device that might be the way to go but I'd highly doubt it will work in any case.
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
'Repeating itself isn't standard'....  there's a feature in the Engenius and other wireless hardware to act as a repeater - extend the signal from a WAP by relaying /  repeating signals.  So I'm surprised / disappointed in you doubting it will work in any case.  Because of different brands? or the concept? Sure,  the repeater having to repeat things slows down the throughput, but it's a way to extend range I thought.
Craig BeckCommented:
Generally the term repeating is used quite loosely.  Some vendors mean WDS when they say repeating, while others say repeating when they mean connecting to their own kit, and WDS is available to connect to other vendors.  Repeating was generally proprietary between vendors when wireless first came to the masses - WDS was the standardized version of repeating.

If you use WDS (which is part of the IEEE 802.11 standard) generally you should be ok, as this functionality was designed to be interoperable between vendors.  It's a bit tricky to configure sometimes, but it IS the standard way of repeating cross-vendor.

However, looking at the Engenius ECB9500 Wireless Access Point and its manual it appears that the unit offers Universal Repeater OR WDS functionality.  Of course I could be completely wrong, but I would wonder why the kit supports both modes if Universal Repeater mode works just the same, and choose WDS.

Anyway, the documentation seems to suggest that it would work in Universal Repeater mode.  But there are limitations!  You can't use Universal Repeater mode if you have more than one VLAN configured on your SonicPoint.  This will probably be ok for you, but it highlights the fact that there are drawbacks when using something that isn't standard.

Give it a try though - I'd be interested to see if it works properly.

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I have used the EnGenius Wireless access points to do exactly this (NOT with a SonicWall WAP though). Most of EnGenius's product range supports both WDS (Wireless Distribution System) & in this case repeating. It will take the signal and repeat it out passing all authentication and DHCP information back to your SonicWall.

Under the operation mode of the EnGenius access point you need to set it up as a Universal Repeater out of the 3 options.

Hope this helps you in your decision.
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
thanks guys!
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