WAP54G vs WRT54G

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by barefootbilly, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. barefootbilly

    barefootbilly Limp Gawd

    Aug 22, 2004
    What's the difference?

    I'm finally going from my 56k to 2 other desktops, and 1 laptop home network.

    I'm confused as to what the difference between Access Points and Routers are, and how you could have one without the other.

    The laptop is going to be wireless, and we're still unsure about the 2 other desktops, wired or not. It would probably be better if we ran 2 ethernet cables from those 2 desktops to router in my room. We could get a pci card with the antenna or a usb adapter one I guess.

    Either way, I doubt most of us will be using it, but I'd like to have them all be able to share files. This would be a access point right?

    Anywho, it's between the Linksys WAP54g or the WRT54g if I can figure out what the $10 differene is for. :(
  2. Nybbles

    Nybbles [H]ard|Gawd

    Jun 17, 2002
    The WAP54G is just an access point while the WRT54G is a router with a built in access point and switch.

    That router part is what "splits" the internet between all your computers simultaneously, so you definately need it.
  3. Darkstar850

    Darkstar850 [H]ard|Gawd

    Feb 18, 2004
    That is, unless you already have a router, then you could just use the WAP.