"Wireless Bridge" vs "Wireless Access Point"

Hi All,

I've got an existing wireless network in my house in my house based on a Netgear combined modem/router/wap. This works fine, but I have one computer which only has an ethernet port and can't be upgraded which I'd like to use on the wireless network.

My research so far seems to suggest that I need to buy a wireless bridge such as

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then I discovered this:
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has confused me about the difference between an access point and a bridge. Can I use an access point to achieve what I need? There seem to be a few of these around which are cheaper than the bridges...

Thanks, Adam

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On 13 Mar 2007 09:53:56 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@snowstone.org.uk wrote in :

What you need is a wireless Ethernet [client] bridge; e.g., Buffalo Wireless-G High Power Ethernet Converter WLI-TX4-G54HP (recommended).

An access point is a _host_, and won't do what you want. You need a _client_ bridge. (Some access points can be switched to client bridge mode, but most cannot.)

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John Navas

snipped-for-privacy@snowstone.org.uk hath wroth:

What you need is an "ethernet client bridge". See the FAQ at:

for definitions and:

for specific models. Not all listed will work so check the data sheet first.

See John's answer for the correct Buffalo model.

Join the club of confused users. *ALL* wireless is bridging. Therefore everything is technically called a wireless bridge. From that point, marketing hype and a fertile imagination have conspired to create considerable confusion. Look for the word "client" and you'll probably do fine.

Maybe. Some model access points and wireless routers have a client mode that will work. It really depends on the model.

In general, wireless routers are cheaper than access points and client bridges because far more of them are sold.

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Jeff Liebermann

Thanks Jeff, John, that's helped. :) I'll see what I can find...


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