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Wireless Access Point and Comcast modem

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July 14, 2013 8:22:18 AM

Recently I switched to Comcast because CenturyLink was very weak in the area I moved to(1.5Mbps at best). I got a SurfBoard Extreme SB6121 http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/SURFboard-eXtreme-... which has 1 Ethernet port on it. I am wondering, will I be able to use a Tenda Access Point http://www.tenda.cn/tendacn/product/show.aspx?productid... to connect 3 computers to the internet or should I go for a router?

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July 14, 2013 8:30:29 AM

Do you know if the Tenda AP has an integrated DHCP server?

If it does, it should be fine, if not you need something else.
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July 14, 2013 8:35:26 AM

Ah, no there is no DHCP mentioned in the specs. Think it would just extend my network if I added it. Well if I had a network first.
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July 14, 2013 8:42:55 AM

Yeah, most AP's don't support DHCP, they are meant to extend a network.

I didn't see that in the specs either.

I'm sure you know what DHCP does, but in case you don't: It is one of the core services that allows multiple devices to sit in a private LAN. Specifically, it handles the IP address assignment in a private 10.x/172.16.x/192.168.x IP address range. If your devices don't use a DHCP server, your router will be able to pass traffic to a single device but after that, the other devices won't receive or pass LAN or WAN traffic.

A SOHO wireless router (SOHO = small office/home office) is what you need. The Tenda is an AP but not a router.
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