>Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but if I've a repeater that works on same
>protocol that the router (AP) is using, then I should not worry much?
What me worry? In this case, you should worry.
The problem with repeaters and WDS access points is that they were
poorly defined in IEEE 802.11-1999. As I understand it, little effort
or through was put into their implimentation because most of the
committee agreed that it was a bad idea. However, a basic framework
was inscribed with the intention of cleaning it up later. Later never
happened. Eventually, chipset manufacturers decided to do repeaters
and WDS on their own, resulting in incompatibilities. Some of the
differences are just minor timing differences.
A clue is that the Wi-Fi Alliance does NOT test or certify repeaters
or WDS bridges.
It does ethernet clients, USB clients, access points, print servers,
PDA, cellular, and smart card wireless, but not repeaters and WDS.
Even buying from a single manufactory is no guarantee of
compatibility. The problem is that each of the bottom of the line
manufactories purchase designs and boards from multiple vendors, which
can use different chipsets. There's a high risk of incompatibility
when mixing chipsets.
In the case of repeaters, most manufactories will limit which of their
products will work with a specific repeater. Sometimes, they even
test that it works. For example, the Dlink DWL-G800AP is listed as
only being compatible with:
This device will only repeat the following:
# DI-624 (revC) 2.37 and higher
# DWL-2000AP (revA) 1.56 and higher
# DWL-2000AP (revB) 2.06 and higher
# DWL-G800AP (revA) 1.02 and higher http://support.dlink.com/products/vi...d=DWL%2DG800AP
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