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    Default Re: What is the point of an access point?

    Quote Originally Posted by makaveli72 View Post
    You will want a true AP only if you want to extend the range of an already set up network which consist of a wireless Router.
    I have a D-Link DWL G730 AP which can be used in several different modes (via a switch), one of which is Access Point mode. I have used it in that mode when travelling when there is already a router in place, but no wireless.
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    Default Re: What is the point of an access point?

    Quote Originally Posted by AKAJohnDoe View Post
    I have a D-Link DWL G730 AP which can be used in several different modes (via a switch), one of which is Access Point mode. I have used it in that mode when travelling when there is already a router in place, but no wireless.
    Right, makes sense...you can also use an AP and create a wireless network with a wired modem/router that doesn't have wireless features.



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    Default Re: What is the point of an access point?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833129184

    is that a good router/ap? or do you have any other recommendations?

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    Default Re: What is the point of an access point?

    A AP is used to connect wirelessly. In most cases you want a wireless router to start off with. You can then add a AP or wireless router setup as a AP to extend your coverage. Most AP are multifunction, meaning they support many modes, client, bridge, multi-bridge, repeater. These features are only supported by third party firmware (dd-wrt) on some routers. Meaning MFG do not want these functions, hurts them on sale of other hardware.

    Most business use AP if they want to setup a wireless network on their facility. They will set them up so you can roam all over the facility and not need to login every time you move out of range of your current AP. It is so seamless you will not even know you changed AP.
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    Default Re: What is the point of an access point?

    Also, most modems that the ISPs provide are really Modem+Router combos. Some are even Modem+Wireless Router combos.

    You can put a second router after the ISPs router, but if you do you probably should set the ISPs router to be in "bridge mode".
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    Default Re: What is the point of an access point?

    And if you have fiber to the house, you don't even have a modem.





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    Default Re: What is the point of an access point?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wirelessman View Post
    And if you have fiber to the house, you don't even have a modem.
    Not possible here yet, but makes sense: No need to MOdulate-DEModulate (convert analog to digital) if it comes in digitally in the first place.
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