It's my tool of choice. It's an Android phone with WiFi Analyzer.
As to your question, I use routers as WAPs. I never deploy repeaters since they caused way too many callbacks.
I keep my boat at a marina that provides free wifi but there are problems. There are areas where signal strength is strong but cannot log into the system. I believe the problem is related to the excessive use of repeaters on the system to cover all the docks.
Last year I used a Ubiquiti Bullet along with an antenna to gain access by doing a site survey and selecting various repeaters until I found one that worked. But I have bricked too many Bullets and now refuse to purchase another!
I need to find an access point that allows me to do a site survey and select individual repeaters until I find one that works. So far I came across only one... Netgear WNAP320 which is way above my capability to use. This thing is call an access point but seems to only allow setup in bridge mode.
I desperately need some suggestions--