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Access point vs router vs repeater vs media center extender

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  • Wireless Networking
Last response: in Wireless Networking
July 31, 2008 9:13:37 PM

What are the main differences among these 4 devices. It seems like access points and routers are the same? I orignally thought an access point increased the range of your wireless network but I guess that's what a repeater does? Also, the new media center extenders, do they just act as a bridge between your PC and your TV? They're pretty expensive.

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August 1, 2008 3:24:55 PM

I'm no expert. My understanding is:

AP = provides access to wireless devices, may or may not connect to a modem, has a unique IP
Router = may have AP built-in and connects to a modem
Repeater = extends the signal range further using the same router IP
MCE = do you mean this?
August 4, 2008 1:25:09 PM

Yea that's what I meant. Thanks for clearing it up.