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I have a DWL-2100AP, which has more extra modes other than Wireless Access Point:

  1. Wireless Acess Point
  2. Wireless Client
  3. Universal Repeater
  4. WDS with AP
  5. WDS

My question is: what is difference between Universal Repeater and WDS ?

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The short version: WDS is real bridging, Universal Repeater is a form of NAT where the repeater impersonates its clients. WDS must be configured at both ends. Universal Repeater will work even if it only has a normal client/station connection to the access point it's repeating. –  David Schwartz Jan 13 '13 at 19:54
    
@David, can i use repeater without entering wep-or-wpa psk into AP? i mean Ap just repeat the packet wthout manipulating it ? –  pylover Jan 13 '13 at 20:23
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Certainly not. Repeater is a form of NAT where the repeater impersonates its clients. It must not only understand the packets but manipulate them so that the repeater appears to be the client to the access point. –  David Schwartz Jan 13 '13 at 20:33
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WDS is real bridging, Universal Repeater is a form of NAT where the repeater impersonates its clients. WDS must be configured at both ends. Universal Repeater will work even if it only has a normal client/station connection to the access point it's repeating.

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thanks in advance, nice answer: short & heavy ! –  pylover Jan 13 '13 at 21:05

Was all ready to start explaining but found a table that makes it much easier to explain.

Detail here: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Repeating_Mode_Comparisons

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very useful thanks. but i do not understand i have a repeater or repeater bridge ? –  pylover Jan 13 '13 at 20:27

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