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Windows 7: Credentialing necessary for "Universal Repeater" mode or not??

07 Jul 2013   #1

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
Credentialing necessary for "Universal Repeater" mode or not??

hi network gurus
I'm light on net knowledge... just climbing the eternal spiral staircase in this 'ology

I have small lan consisting of a Linksys/cisco E1200 as primary and a Rosewill RNX-150 setup in "Universal Repeater" mode to expand coverage where I need it, thus the Rosewill is latching signal from the E1200 via WIFI and repeating the signal. Performance/throughput is typically good, in fact showing very little degradation if any [the diff between the two is too small to measure]

My question has to do with credentialing since the scant instructions from Rosewill don't tell me much about what's going on that I cannot see. When one sets the RNX up, we first change the IP to move it "out of the way" of the other device, Reboot, then log back in with new IP, change the Mode to Universal Repeater, reboot again, then make all the fine tuning.

When it comes up in that mode, looking for the detailed setup, it nicely has a "search" function under the Repeater Mode setup tab, and will identify the IP and Mac Address of the intended master AP. What else it may be gathering from there I do not know. I manually enter the other detail: the encryption type, the login/passkey. it does not give me any control over channel selection or channel width or what 802.11 mode is under use or should be - as far as I can tell, any way. I do have a lurking question as to whether changes to channel and width PRIOR to the reboot into Repeater mode actually does bias the config. anyone know??

The Credentials for the Repeater function are set in the Repeater setup tab. But the Credentials for the main WIFI setup in the first tab are still exposed looking for direction so I repeat the same exact info in that Tab before rebooting so everything takes effect. What I do not know is twofold:
1. Do the general credentials for the DEVICE actually go into operation? Did it matter in other words? My current understanding is "YES", otherwise the repeated signal from the subtending RNX router would be promiscuous. in other words I'm assuming that the credential setup in the Repeater Mode tab ONLY affect how the two routers communicate, not how users connect to the secondary router.

2. Would one be better served to ALTER the primary device-specific credentials so that they are different than that which is in play for the router-to-router repeater authentication?

thank you for the help!


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