why pay double for a bridge?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by curtmcgirt, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. curtmcgirt

    curtmcgirt Network Guru Member

    I've always been confused about something. Why are the linksys bridges on the market? Who buys them? The access points are half the price and can be set up in "client" or "bridge" modes, basically performing the exact same function as the bridge. I don't get it. Wired on one side, wireless on the other. Why buy a WET54G or a "gaming adapter" for $140 when the WAP54G can do the same thing (and much much MORE, if you need it to) for $65?

    maybe i'm missing something. let me rephrase: what can a bridge do that an access point can't do that's worth an extra $60 or $70?
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WAP54G did not give you WPA-PSK until the last firmware version of 2.08 in bridge mode. It also depends on thr features you need. Fora a simple bridge the WAP54G is more than adequate. The WET54GS5, gives you five ports, 802.1d spanning tree, 802.1p, 802.1q, QOS, VPN and speedbooster. If you do not need the features the WAP54G is a better buy.
  3. curtmcgirt

    curtmcgirt Network Guru Member

    well, the speedbooster part certainly isn't comparing apples to apples, is it? if there was a WAP54GS, i'm sure it would be cheaper than the bridge.

    and the 5 ports? how much does a 5 or 8-port linksys switch cost? $30? the qos is a function of the built-in switch, not the access point part of it. i also think it's fair to say that the WET54GS is a deviation from the linksys bridges. it's just a little bit more advanced than, say, a WET11 or WET54G.

    you're right on the security front, though. i think that on the WAP54G, in "client" mode, though, you still can't use WPA. only wep.

    i don't know much about the WGA (gaming) models, are they basically just bridges too?
  4. A-ONE

    A-ONE Network Guru Member

  5. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i think that linksys could just makemore money if they just sold wrtxxxx and included wds in the firmware. it would probley less expensive then pose to making and markteing the WAP54GS, WAP54G,WET11, WET11.
  6. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The problem with WDS ia the loss of bandwidth.
  7. hohlraum

    hohlraum LI Guru Member

    sorry to revive such an old thread but.

    i just wanted to get a RECENT verification that the WAP54G does infact support WPA-PSK in bridge mode? just bought a zoom ap+2 which advertises as supporting WPA only to find out after trying to set it up that it only supports it in AP mode :/

    also, will it work in bridge mode with my netgear wrg614v5 router?

    need to get my PS3 (didn't get the 60gb model) on wifi soon, the cable running from my computer room to tv is getting annoying ;)
  8. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    An 8-port 10/100Mbps switch made by Airlink101 can be had for as little as $7 from a local Fry's Electronics stores every now and then (without rebates). This will bump up the price of a WAP54G to no more than $70. As with 802.1p, 802.1q, QOS, VPN, and speedbooster, we can get a WRT54GS v4 for as little as $50 and run an open-source firmware that supports these features. So, why spend $70 for the device if you can do this at a much lower price? I believe this is a marketing strategic by any companies.
  9. hohlraum

    hohlraum LI Guru Member

    umm down here! .. those posts up there are from over a year ago! ;)
  10. gbean

    gbean LI Guru Member

    Not to mention it is nearly impossible for a n00b like me to figure out how to make it work!
    I have a WRE54G because I got it dirt cheap on ebay.

    I have a question for the masses too, Can you get a connection out of the wired ports on the client end of a WDS setup?
    I am thinking no, but I am wondering.....
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