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What is the difference between a Wireless Access Point and a Wireless Router?

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2009-03-05 08:33:20
2009-03-05 08:33:20

A wireless Access Point (AP) connects a group of wireless stations to an adjacent wired (Typically, Ethernet) LAN. An AP is like an Ethernet hub - except that a hub relays LAN frames only to other 802.3 stations, whereas an AP relays 802.11 frames to all other 802.11 or 802.3 stations in the same subnet. (In English: "it allows communication between wired and wireless..") A wireless router connects a group of wireless stations to an adjacent wired (Typically, Ethernet) LAN. A wireless router is a wireless AP combined with an Ethernet router. A wireless router forwards IP packets between your wireless subnet and any other subnet. Most routers also have a built-in firewall, and built-in Ethernet ports. (In English: same as an AP, but you can network different subnets or networks (Example: your home network and the internet [Modem also required typically!] )

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