Do repeaters reduce the speed of the wireless Lan ?

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Do Access Points, which are configured as repeaters, half the speed of my wireless Lan ?
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Patrick Wilkens

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Repeaters? Like meshed APs, i.e

[Ethernet Backhauled AP] <-> [WLAN Backhauled AP] <-> [WLAN Backhauled AP]

In the case above you can either dedicate one band to backhaul and one to access, which will not reduce the speed of either band - but you'll only have the one band for access, and you will be limited by the WLAN link speed, which is less than your (likely) GigE Ethernet backhaul.

You can also also set up either band to be dual-use, in which case you will indeed reduce your available bandwidth for both cases, though it's not clear how much bandwidth is specifically reserved for either use. In this case, half would be a good estimate.
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I'm sure this is something you know, but really just adding if folks find this thread from a Google Search.

My rule is to mesh when it's the only option. My main goal is to hardware each AP, but I'll mesh when I have to get connectivity, and it's just not feasible to wire.