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Wireless Router vs. Wireless Access Point

Discussion in 'Networking' started by kmpris, Oct 25, 2004.

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  1. kmpris

    kmpris Thread Starter

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    Wireless routers (which include wireless access point functionality) seem to be significantly cheaper than wireless access points. If I do not need the WAN functions provided by a wireless router, is there any advantage to using a dedicated wireless access point over the access point function of a router? For example, would a dedicated access point be faster?

    I have a 802.11g router which I am using only as an access point to an existing 10.0 Mbps network. The link quality and signal strength to the remote computer are both excellent with the connection speed either 36 or 54 Mbps. Nevertheless, the throughput on the wireless connection is much, much slower than that of the wired connections. Is it possible that the access point function of the router is inferior to that of a dedicated access point?
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I always use a wireless router if it servers the purpose. A WAP isn't any faster, just more expensive. Note that most WAP's have multiple operating modes, where a router only operates in gateway mode.

    Thinking back to how Kodak made all their money, I view the router as the "camera", and the other wireless equipment as the "film". They practically give away the camera to get you to buy the film. :)
     
  3. kmpris

    kmpris Thread Starter

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    Thank you!
     
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