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Repeater mode - Bandwith cut in half for all APs?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Bearmatic, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. Bearmatic

    Bearmatic Network Guru Member

    A bit off-topic since it also concern another brand.

    WAP54G has repeatermode. This mode makes it a wireless bridge and a client access point. You can daisy-chain WAP54G or modded WRT54G wirelessly in this mode using WDS. Of what I understand, this repeater mode halves the bandwith at every step because the radios inside these boxes are half-duplex (the radio can not transmit and receive at the same time). Furthermore, the WAP54G or WRT54G that is first in the daisy-chain has to handle all the traffic of the others.

    If you calculate a setup with 7-8 daisy-chained repeaters, it doesn't seem like a good idea.

    Enter this product: http://www.sparklan.com/wx6800.htm

    They claim you can WDS-link up to 8 of these (like you can 10 on WRT54G with mod). But they don't mention daisy-chaining. Has anyone had experience with these AP and repeater mode? Does it cut bandwith in half or is the radio(s) full duplex?

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