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SD - I do understand the capabilities of the devices. I actually HAVE a DWL-G730AP for when I travel. It will NOT act as BOTH a wireless access point AND a wireless repeater at the SAME TIME with routing enabled. Therefore, you need to have two devices - one for internal access, and one for external wireless access. Yes, you can configure the D-Link as a router, but the upstream connection has to be wired. On my boat, right now, I use a Port Networks MWB-250 as my shoreside wireless connection, and a Kyocera KR-2 as my internal boat wireless router (I picked it since I can switch between the WiFi connection and our Verizon Aircard easily). Please point out a commercially available device, available today, for under $1,000 that 1) Will act as both a wireless repeater and an access point simultaneously, and route between, 2) Runs on 12v, 3) Combines the antenna and board into a single unit that doesn't require running antenna cable up a mast, and 4) Has a high power (1W-ish) high gain sensitive radio/antenna matched combo.

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SD - I do understand the capabilities of the devices. - Please point out a commercially available device, available today, for under $1,000 that 1) Will act as both a wireless repeater and an access point simultaneously, and route between, 2) Runs on 12v, 3) Combines the antenna and board into a single unit that doesn't require running antenna cable up a mast, and 4) Has a high power (1W-ish) high gain sensitive radio/antenna matched combo.
For decades now I've seen people beat their brains out trying all the little cheap "fixes" with home gear and software boxes. PITA and unreliable. Since you have $1000 to spend, I would look at business-class Cisco equipment. Most all equipt is 12V on the inside anyway. Just pop the case off and find the voltage regulator board and bypass that with your power. I'm not going to search for you, so go to suppliers like Insight, Tiger Direct, Network Liquidators, etc. You should be able to find a Cisco WAP/router/bridge all in one for less than any effort you're going to put in all these other patches. Maybe go to Cisco first, find your device, then check the suppliers. Good luck.

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