Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Minidisc, Apr 21, 2006.
What is the difference between the wireless modes:
An access point is used to transmit a wireless signal, this is usually connected to a regular ethernet router or modem by a cable while an access point client is like a regular wireless adapter that can receive the signal and then any computer wired to the access point client will get wireless capability. This is used if you have multiple computers on the same location with no wireless cards installed but does have a ethernet cards on them. You can connect those computers to a switch then the switch to the access point client and you will be online.
Now for the wireless repeater (client bridged), it is a simple signal booster like the range expander. The differenece being, the range expander cuts your speed in half while the access point will not. However, access points will only work as a repeater with a WRT54G router or the same model number of WAP.
ADHOC is a peer-to-peer wireless connection,meaning no wireless gateway is involved just computers connecting to each on a wireless signal that each all computers sent out. It's the same as file and printer sharing between 2 PC connected to each other by cable the difference its wireless instead of using a ethernet cable or USB.
Thank you for the great reply.
Just last question, so when in Client mode, it will be receiving a wireless signal from another wireless source, so that means I can not connect to the router through wireless and only the LAN options are possible right?
You can still connect to the router wirelessly, in client mode, it simply means that the AP does not transmit a signal of its own, LAN options only on the WAP for client mode..