Wireless Access Point

August 27, 2010 at 20:27:17
Specs: Windows 7, i7 6gb ram
I have a dsl modem connected to a linsys BEFSR81 wired router. My home network consists of 3 desktop windows pcs and assorted printers connected to the wired router. I have recently got an apple ipad and therefore need to connect a wireless access point to the router so I can have internet access with the ipad. Is there a WAP that is compatible with the linksys router and the ipad as well? There is a possibility that in the future I will want to add a windows laptop and will therefore want the WAP to be compatible with that as well. Recommendations please! I hear the Airport Extreme basestation is pretty good but dont know if it would be compatible with the linksys and with windows pcs. If possible Id like to stay with linksys just because Ive had good luck with them and it would be compatible with my existing router. But I dont know if I'd run into a problem connecting an apple product to it.

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August 28, 2010 at 10:34:41
I've been using different D-Link router models for years to connect home computers, Macs and PCs. Never failed on me, and as you think I used a specific brand because I found no troubles with it.

Apple Airport products work great with Macs and PCs and obviously go very well with iDevices including the iPad. The specific advantage from this routers is Apple support and compatibility with Apple's own devices and computers.

The iPad works with Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), so I don't think you will have any trouble at all with Linksys wireless routers. I mean, Linksys is a dedicated brand and it has been connecting Macs and PCs for years. However, more important than the brand is the specific device model you choose, as some devices, mostly cheap ones, could come with some flaws, outdated software versions, not a complete set of options, or specific failures. I am not saying you should buy the most expensive ones either, just "be careful" with the cheapest models. But keep in mind all these technologies are standard and matured enough nowadays.

Sometimes PC routers doesn't say they are compatible with Apple devices because the router set up most be done on a PC and there is not Mac specific software to do this. But once they are set up they work with any device.

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August 28, 2010 at 13:10:05
Thanks so much for your thoughtful response!

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