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komos
komos
My inner Luddite is showing
So my folks just sent me a Cisco Aironet 1100 Series Access Point that they won at a trade show. I'm looking at it right now and wondering whether I shouldn't eBay it and pick up a wireless router in its stead. Won't I need a router anyway? Is there a purpose to an access point outside of expanding the capabilities of a network?

UPDATE:Seriously folks, I'm in need of technical advice here...
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macthud From: macthud Date: July 8th, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
depends.

What do you have now?

What do you want to do?

This AP is basically a wireless hub you can add to an existing network. If you're already running more than one PC off your 'net connection, you can put this AP in the same place as another PC would go, and then you can wireless it...

You may want/need a router doober too/instead. Cheapies can be bought for $50ish. Good ones cost more like $100-150 (Airport Express). Great ones are $250ish (Airport Extreme).

Maybe I'll come by sometime, horrify the Armagnac despoiler, and help you get set up...
komos From: komos Date: July 9th, 2004 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Right now, I have a couple of machines and a dialup. What I'm moving towards is a couple of machines on a wireless network with some variant of high speed internet. I think I can probably do all of that with a router. The AP may be overkill for my needs, and it looks like I can sell it for $250 or more on eBay.
inahandbasket From: inahandbasket Date: August 2nd, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
probably a little late now, but sell it and get a standard wireless router.
You'd need a router anyway, and if you're purchasing one, just get a wireless router and save the extra cash.
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