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Benjamindaines 08-26-2007 03:36 PM

Access Points VS Routers.. What's the difference?
 
What is the difference between a wireless router and a wireless access point?

D3v1L80Y 08-26-2007 04:08 PM

A Access Point is exactly that, a point of access for your computer to connect wireless to a network. The wireless access point acts as a gateway to connect your computer to other computers on the local network and out to the Internet and they can provide WEP or WAP encryption for data transmission across the wireless portion of the network.

Wireless routers do exactly the same thing as an Access Point, but they add firewall and routing functions for your data. The firewall helps to not only encrypt your data transmissions, but also blocks inbound connections from the Internet from accessing data on your computer in the first place. This is beneficial since it adds a layer of protection before your computer is ever reached, sort of like the moat around a castle wall. Routing will also allow your networked computers to communicate with each other behind the protection of your firewall, without making that data available to everyone else in your neighborhood.

RiDE 08-26-2007 04:12 PM

I don't think there is a difference... Unless of course someone is referring to an Airport Express that is extending the range of a router/wlan as an "Access Point".

Edit: Good points DB.

MacDeac 08-26-2007 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Benjamindaines (Post 471222)
What is the difference between a wireless router and a wireless access point?

Easiest way to explain it:

An access point connects to your local area network, (which may or may not connect you to the internet)

A router connects you to your network as well as connecting to the internet all in one box.

Benjamindaines 08-26-2007 04:52 PM

Thanks guys!


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