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New router or just add a WAP?

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Anonymous
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September 22, 2004 6:14:48 AM

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I'm looking to add wireless capability to my home network to get a mobilel
aptop into the mix. I have an existing DLink DI-704P router that seems to be
working fine. What are the tradeoffs of replacing the router with a newer
router vs. just adding a WAP to the existing router?

I'm a little concerned about location for signal problems. My current router
is in a corner of my basement kind of buried behind things. Doesn't sound
like a great location for wireless. If I just add a WAP, it seems like I
would have more flexibility in locating the device to improve signaling.

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Anonymous
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September 22, 2004 6:14:49 AM

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Most of the time, wireless routers seem to be selling for less money than
WAPs (hard to understand why). I would buy a wireless router, but use it as
a WAP, so you can put it in the best location for coverage.

Mike Schumann

"Douglas Gallant" <no@spam.net> wrote in message
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> I'm looking to add wireless capability to my home network to get a mobilel
> aptop into the mix. I have an existing DLink DI-704P router that seems to
> be working fine. What are the tradeoffs of replacing the router with a
> newer router vs. just adding a WAP to the existing router?
>
> I'm a little concerned about location for signal problems. My current
> router is in a corner of my basement kind of buried behind things. Doesn't
> sound like a great location for wireless. If I just add a WAP, it seems
> like I would have more flexibility in locating the device to improve
> signaling.
>
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
September 22, 2004 7:50:08 AM

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On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 02:14:48 GMT, "Douglas Gallant" <no@spam.net>
wrote:

>I'm looking to add wireless capability to my home network to get a mobilel
>aptop into the mix. I have an existing DLink DI-704P router that seems to be
>working fine. What are the tradeoffs of replacing the router with a newer
>router vs. just adding a WAP to the existing router?

Tradeoffs? None. The radios in a wireless access point and a
wireless router are identical. The router can be used as an access
point by:
1. Disable DHCP
2. Set the router IP address to something other than the IP of the
existing router.
3. Ignore the WAN port.
4. Plug a cross over ethernet cable between the LAN ports of the two
routers.

>I'm a little concerned about location for signal problems. My current router
>is in a corner of my basement kind of buried behind things. Doesn't sound
>like a great location for wireless.

That's why I constantly advocate NOT buying a conglomerated DSL modem,
router, and wireless contraption. Instead, I suggest 3 seperate
boxes. The idea is to put the router and modem where all the wires
tangle together, while the access point (radio) is mounting up high
where it has the best coverage. This also has the benifit of being
able to turn off the wireless when it's not being used.

>If I just add a WAP, it seems like I
>would have more flexibility in locating the device to improve signaling.

Agreed.

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Anonymous
a b F Wireless
September 22, 2004 4:27:31 PM

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If your current router is operative with a great firewall and other
security measures, then I would suggest you purchase a wireless access
point. It is preferred that you get wireless g WAP that supports WPA for
increased security. In regards to a wireless notebook card, I recommend
the Netgear WG511 or the Netgear WG511T. Take care.


"Douglas Gallant" <no@spam.net> wrote in
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> I'm looking to add wireless capability to my home network to get a


> mobilel aptop into the mix. I have an existing DLink DI-704P router
> that seems to be working fine. What are the tradeoffs of replacing the
> router with a newer router vs. just adding a WAP to the existing
> router?
>
> I'm a little concerned about location for signal problems. My current
> router is in a corner of my basement kind of buried behind things.
> Doesn't sound like a great location for wireless. If I just add a WAP,
> it seems like I would have more flexibility in locating the device to
> improve signaling.
>
>
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
September 23, 2004 5:40:22 AM

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I would recommend adding an access point. It gives you more flexibility in
the long run. Although, an access point generally costs $10 more than a
combination router and access point. Go figure. :-) Depending upon your
environment, you may want to consider multiple access points. In my house,
I have one in the basement and one on the second floor. It gives me good
coverage throughout the entire house.

Jeff


"Douglas Gallant" <no@spam.net> wrote in message
news:se54d.240588$bp1.63593@twister.nyroc.rr.com...
> I'm looking to add wireless capability to my home network to get a mobilel
> aptop into the mix. I have an existing DLink DI-704P router that seems to
> be working fine. What are the tradeoffs of replacing the router with a
> newer router vs. just adding a WAP to the existing router?
>
> I'm a little concerned about location for signal problems. My current
> router is in a corner of my basement kind of buried behind things. Doesn't
> sound like a great location for wireless. If I just add a WAP, it seems
> like I would have more flexibility in locating the device to improve
> signaling.
>
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