Thanks for the help so far, guys!
Basically I have a hughesnet satellite as internet service, so I don't use a phone at all. I have a satellite modem connected to a linksys router. The router uplinks to a Senao nl-2611cb3 bridge/accesspoint. I'm told the Saneo bridge doesn't support WDS.
I"ve had the Saneo set up as an accesspoint, and then laptops (if they are within range) as well as computers connected with an external antenna through SMC clients can connect to this. It has worked, but now I"m trying to set up one of the SMC as a repeater to retransmit the signal. That's where I"m running into a brick wall. Although the SMC works well as a ethernet client (connecting a high-gain antenna to it, and then a computer). It does not allow me to repeat the signal.