On Wed, 19 Jul 2006 08:10:44 -0700 Jeff Liebermann wrote: | Yes. Google for WDS (Wireless Distribution Service) which allows an | access point or wireless router to simultanously allow client | connections and also act as a transparent bridge. The WDS feature is | not very well standardized so you'll need to have the same hardware on | both ends of the link. WDS also cuts the maximum throughput in half | for the wireless connections, so there may be a performance issue.
Is that because it would be receiving, then retransmitting, taking twice the bandwidth*time for each bit/packet?
In my case (already described better in another thread) it seems what I need is something that can _be_ a client to talk to the wireless router that connects to the DSL, and also talk _to_ a client (wireless printer) but not actually interconnect those two. So there would not need to be any retransmitting. That's why it seems WDS is overkill for me. But if it's the only way to get one box that can talk _as_ a client in some cases and talk _to_ a client in other cases, then I guess that's what I need.
If I have an office with staff working with laptops, each with a wireless card, can those wireless cards talk _directly_ to each other? If not, then does that mean everything is going in, and then back out, through an access point, thus doubling the air time and being the same issue as the WDS?