Are WiFi repeaters effective with Aerohive APs?

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Do WiFi repeaters work with Aerohive APs considering they're layer 1 devices? If so, does this compromise security at all?

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Hi Locke, 

First of all, always consider extending the wire to the AP in the area you want to cover. It is still the best way to go. However, there may be use cases where that is difficult or unwanted. 

There is a couple of ways to do that. 

1. Use mesh to connect Aerohive APs on the wireless backhaul. While you will effectively loose approximately half the throughput every hop (physical property of one radio backhaul systems), you will be able to use all access methods towards your clients (PSK, PPSK, 802.1X). The backhaul is AES protected. Also, you will be able to roam, the APs will be aware of the clients firewall sessions, etc.
2. Use third party client device that has the ability to bridge the signal further. So in essence, the 3rd client device acts as a normal STA and connects to the APs with open or WPA(2)-PSK. You are loosing PPSK and 802.1X gets EXTREMELY complicated and is often not supported on the 3rd party bridge devices. You are also loosing stateful firewalls, roaming, dynamic RF, WIDS/WIPS, etc.

Hopefully this answers your question,