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Wireless Access point?

Apart from the AC cable, does a wireless access point need to be connected to anything (E.G Ethernet, (A)DSL, Phone line ETC)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Yes. A wireless access point (usually called a wireless router or wireless gateway) is a device that gives off WiFi signals to notebook computers and desktop computers equipped with WiFi cards. The access point (or router; whatever you want to call it) simply makes a wired connection wireless so you can use your internet connection with more than one machine/device simultaneously with no speed lag.

    For example, say you have a Sony PSP, a Sony PS3, a notebook computer and a WiFi printer and all are being used at the same time, the speed will still remain the same as it would if you were using one device only. In other words, the router "multiplies" your internet connection so that many devices can be used at the same time.

    They have many different brand names for these access points. D-Link is one of the better ones, and so is Netgear or 2WIRE.

    With access points, you're going to have to encrypt them so others cannot use your signal. The access point will include a manual that shows you how you can encrypt the connection. Encrypting just "scrambles" your signal so that it will only work if you put the correct key/password in. These are EXTREMELY hard to crack/hack so encrypting is a very good feature. Only people who know the key can use your connection.

    There are also different speeds/types of WiFi. There is A, B, G and N. Wireless A is extremely rare, and the reason for that is because it is one of the first types of WiFi signals and it is also the slowest to date. Wireless B and G are the two most common ones but they have different speeds. B has a speed of 11MBPS (not download speed), Wireless G has a speed of 54MBPS (or in some cases 108MBPS) and Wireless N has a speed of 108MBPS (and I think they have an even faster one now with newer routers). These also have different signal ranges (with B having the least and N having the most).

    Since a wireless-N router has the greatest signal range and connection speed, these are the best ones to get because even wireless-B and G devices can use your connection as well. It's a backwards-compatibility of sorts. Also, your signal and speed is maximized when you have a Wireless-N card installed in your system. These go very far and I think they can go up to around 500m or something up there like that. I'm not exactly sure the range of these; all I know is they're the best.

    You can look up wireless-N routers online and you can probably find some specific models and brands and even find some reviews on them so you know the features they have and how much they cost.

    Good luck on finding the perfect access point/router to suit your needs.

    One more thing; some internet service providers give you all-in-one equipment that allows you to have an internet connection and make it wireless all at the same time. In other words, they give you your internet modem and access point all in one unit.

    Telus High Speed Enhanced gives you a square DSL box that plugs into your phone line and it also gives off encrypted wireless B/G signals and the box also includes 4 jacks for wired connections. Be careful; most ISPs do NOT include wireless access points/gateways with their internet service. Shaw is one example; they only give you the cable modem and it's up to you to buy a wireless router for it.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I would say a access point is usually intergrated with a router now a days. If you have a wireless router then you should be fine as long as you have an internet connection to get out of your intranet.

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  • 1 decade ago

    DSL

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