I've been reading through this and also come across madwifi docs abt configuring an AP as a Repeater.
Repeater would be used to range extender.
Here as mentioned in the docs the wds option should be enabled.
Then we have to create two VAP one as STA to the base-AP(whom we are going to repeat) and the second VAP should be an AP (for the wireless clients say B &C -out of range to the base-AP)
i noticed that both the VAPs created (STA and AP) have same essid as the base-AP. I would like to know if in my Repeater I can configure my VAP for AP for a different essid (other than base-AP) and still get the internet (say base-AP has internet connection) for my clients B & C.
Since Wds is enabled, cant I have my Clients B and C connect to base-AP via VAP AP of repeater?
This is not correct. APs in repeater mode supports more than the native vlan. We do repeating on the 1100,1200,1240 and 1310 series of Accesspoints and Bridges. The role "non-root bridge with wireless clients" do almost the same thing plus enabling connections on the ethernet interface. We have a total of 7 ssids/vlans configured including the native vlan/infrastructure ssid.