what does a WAP do?

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  1. Ted Lee

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    i know this is a silly question, but what is a wireless access point for? how is it different then a wireless router?
     
  2. Chris Hovanic

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    A wireless router is a WAP and a router in one box. A standalone WAP would not have the router ability. If you already have a non-wireless router you can get a standalone WAP and plug it into the network for wireless access.

    Hope that helps. [​IMG]
     
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    A wireless access point adds wireless connectivity to an existing network. For example, if you have a hub/switch or router already, you can plug a WAP into it to add wireless to your network.

    A wireless router simply combines a router, switch, and WAP into a single box. For home users wanting to set up a wireless network easily, the wireless router provides an all-in-one solution. For office environments where a network infrastructure is already in place, a WAP can be easily be added on.

    KJP
     
  4. Ted Lee

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    oh..i get it. the wap simply adds wireless functionality to a wired network. got it.

    heh...thx guys!
     

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