CPE510 setup - Client device also act as wifi radio?

CPE510 setup - Client device also act as wifi radio?
CPE510 setup - Client device also act as wifi radio?
2017-08-03 21:23:22
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Hi all,

So I just purchased two CPE510's to bring service to an outbuilding and I'm wondering if I need to purchase an access point for the outbuilding.

Does the client CPE also function as a radio, or will I need a separate AP?

Long story short:

Building A: Modem > Router > CPE510 (AP) ))))))))))))))wireless((((((((((((((( CPE510 (Client) at Building B > AP > Wireless Devices

or

Building A: Modem > Router > CPE510 (AP) ))))))))))))))wireless((((((((((((((( CPE510 (Client) at Building B > Wireless Devices

Thanks for any info!
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Re:CPE510 setup - Client device also act as wifi radio?
2017-08-05 05:47:22
An additional AP is recommended since CPE510 has a directional antennas, but for typical distribution of a WiFi signal you would want to use omnidirectional antennas (and probably 2.4 GHz or a dual band AP). On the other hand, if you can mount the second CPE on building B far enough behind the building, so that the building is covered by the 45° antenna beam of the CPE510, you could also use its built-in AP in addition to the Client mode.
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Re:CPE510 setup - Client device also act as wifi radio?
2017-08-07 21:42:35
Thanks for the info R1D2!
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Re:CPE510 setup - Client device also act as wifi radio?
2017-08-15 17:49:34

R1D2 wrote

An additional AP is recommended since CPE510 has a directional antennas, but for typical distribution of a WiFi signal you would want to use omnidirectional antennas (and probably 2.4 GHz or a dual band AP).
Good explanation, I agree with this.

On the other hand, if you can mount the second CPE on building B far enough behind the building, so that the building is covered by the 45° antenna beam of the CPE510, you could also use its built-in AP in addition to the Client mode
I doubt this is a good idea since Client mode doesn't have wireless radio enabled to broadcast a wireless signal to the end devices.This is no such option under Client mode. See this picture.

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Re:CPE510 setup - Client device also act as wifi radio?
2017-08-15 18:31:49

Carat1 wrote


I doubt this is a good idea since Client mode doesn't have wireless radio enabled to broadcast a wireless signal to the end devices.This is no such option under Client mode. See this picture.


Oh, indeed it has. It's then becoming either "Repeater" or "Bridge" mode, both are technically client mode with an AP enabled (WiFi adapter in STA and managed mode simultaneously).

But you're right, it's not called "client mode" even if it uses this mode as for example reflected in "AP client router" mode, which is also a combined AP and client mode, together with a router mode.
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