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Router or Access Point...which do I need?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by GoldenEagle, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. GoldenEagle

    GoldenEagle Guest


    I need some advice. We currently have 5 XP computers networked via our wired network (BEFSR41 and 2 hubs). We want to connect 3 more in our shop and going wireless would be easier because of the distances involved.

    Am I correct that we just need to hook up an access point that's connected via a cable to one of the hubs? Would another router work equally as well? Is is possble to limit the new computers access to the outside world? Example, no internet access? We just want them to be able to access our own network.

    As far as network adapters, I gather PCI is best, but are any of the USB adapters worth looking into?


  2. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    You have quite a few options to play with. Get yourself another router that can run on any of the 3rd party firmware (I'm using DD-wrt) and you can do pretty much what you want and more. Try one of the Linksys wireless router and you can pretty much support both wired and wireless clients. Before you buy and decided to use a 3rd party firmware, please check their support hardware list first. If you have any more questions, just reply with a post.

    Good Luck
  3. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

    If you want to keep your existing router....you want to add an access point.

    However..in your case..the befsr series is a bit long in the tooth..you may find youself better off getting a new wireless router...like one of the SRX models...get a good gain in performance, and adding wireless.

    Oddly enough you sometimes find the wireless routers to be less expensive than just an access point. So..taking that path...spend less money, keep the network simple, and get an increase in performance.

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