Difrrence between ap client mode and bridge mode

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by onlineemails, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. onlineemails

    onlineemails Network Guru Member

    Do u guys know what is the Difrrence between ap client mode and bridge mode?
  2. Couledouce

    Couledouce Network Guru Member

    AP client provides a wireless access (AP= Access Point) to a network for wired clients.
    Bridge - connects or extends a network, most of the time in this forum it refers to a wireless bridge using WDS to extend a wireless network to distant wireless clients.
  3. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    AP Client Mode - allows you to use the AP or router in this mode as though it were a, for example, USB Wireless adapter for a notebook computer or game system. In this case though, the Ethernet cable takes the place of the USB connection. A WRT54G or WAP in this mode allows for one wired client.

    Network> AP >~~~Wireless~~~ <AP Client Mode --Client

    A bridge is meant to serve as the role of replacing a wired uplink connection to another network/switch/subnet with a wireless link. You would have multiple clients behind this bridge. (Product examples are WET54GS5)

    Network 1> AP > ~~~Wireless~~~ <Bridge --Wired--Network2/Switch -- Client1, Client2, Client3...

    In essence, operating in AP Client Mode is a one client bridge scenario.

    Now, something that combines the best of both worlds and adds in another feature is WDS - Wireless Distribution System. With a WRT54G or WAP in WDS mode, not only can you connect up to 5 wired clients and act as a wireless bridge, the AP will also repeat the wireless signal it is receiving and providing a range expanding effect. This does reduce throughput by half by having to repeat, but only on wireless clients connect to this WDS access point.

    This makes me think we should start up a glossary of terms.
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