Diff between a wireless access point and a router?
I don't know what a WAP really does
or the point of a router in a wireless network
so does every computer in a wireless network need a WAP to work in addition to the WNIC?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
A Wireless access point is a wireless extension to a network. You only need one wireless access point to connect multiple wireless NICs in laptops and desktops. A router is simply a device that allows computers to access the internet. A router routes data from your LAN to the outside world which is called a WAN. In short, a WAP connects your wireless devices and pushes that data through a router or switch to find the destination.
If you are not planning on using the internet and just want a way to connect multiple wireless devices to each other, then a Wireless Access Point would work just fine. This would only deliver traffic within your own LAN.
- itsjustmeLv 41 decade ago
basically a wap & router are the same. the wap & router both connect to a wired network (such as the main point of entrance - portal - into the home or business) & relay data to wireless devices.
but when i hear the term "router" i usually think of networking in the home environment where there is generally only one WAP to connect all the computers there.
when i hear the term "wireless access point" i think of a device that does the same thing a router does but on a wider scale such as for corporate use which could involve attaching several WAPs to a wired network and then providing wireless access to the office Local area network. in other words, it can be used to connect networks to networks). i hope this helps.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_access_point... http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wireless/g/blde...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
A router basically takes data from one source, such as the wall socket, and routes it to a destination, which can be a computer or a Wireless Access Point, which in turn transforms the data into a wireless signal and passes it on to the destination.
- Retired and GladLv 61 decade ago