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Is a access point and a router the same thing?
Question #1 - Is a access point and a router the same thing?
Question #2 - Are they synonyms?
Additionally to the 2 questions above, what is their definitions?
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
A "router" you buy in Walmart is actually a box that contains, among other things:
-Wireless access point
-NAS (networked attached storage server)
A standalone wireless access point gives you much better control and is used for higher-end networks. Think of it like an all-in-one camera phone versus a separate camera and media player; a good camera can cost more than a phone with a (crappy) camera.
High-end routers such as those made by Cisco for enterprise networks cost thousands of dollars and since they're "dedidated" routers, they only have one port and no wifi. In this case you have a separate switch to provide more ports and a separate access point (or multiple ones) to provide wifi.
- OR1234Lv 79 years ago
No. An access point just adds wifi to a router (which presumably does not have wifi). It just converts ethernet over cable to radio waves. There's no way I can compete with wikipedia for explaining a router's many functions, so here's its link...
- 4 years ago
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