Router Vs AP

March 21, 2011 at 19:44:26
Specs: Windows XP
Hi everyone
as wireless router and AP they both can be used on wireless network. what is the benefit of using each of them regarding security and network management? If AP is just like wireless switch then is AP a layer 2 device? or layer 3? Please help me

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March 21, 2011 at 19:54:46
Most APs are just a device that has it's own network adapter, normally they have only one network port.

APs can also be used as a wireless repeater, but not both at the same time.

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March 22, 2011 at 07:59:45
I think you meant Wireless Access Point (WAP) but in either case an access point is just a bridge. It will not do routing enabling you to connect two different networks like a Router will do. So you can not use just a WAP to connect computers to the internet. Now a Wireless Router is just a Router with a WAP built in. You can configure a Wireless Router to be a WAP but not the other way around.

Why would you use a WAP? You can not have two routers on the same private network unless you configure one to be an WAP. Seems like a waist so some will by a wireless router for one side of the house and a WAP for the other side to extend the range of the wireless coverage.

In addition, not all routers are alike. Most people are use to SoHo routers which come with different firmware. It seems to be a trend for these routers not to have MAC filtering, bridging and other features that come in handy for setting up a wireless network. So your option is to get a regular router and a WAP which might have these features in its firmware.

I hope that clears it up for you.

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March 22, 2011 at 08:13:36
AP is a layer2 device vs a wireless router which is a layer3 device.

But your question smacks of homework so I will leave the rest for you to figure out.

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