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Also, what is an access point? It looks exactly like a wireless router.
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Also, what is an access point? It looks exactly like a wireless router.
a wireless access point is just a box that does wireless connection it won't let you connect a wired computer. a (wireless) router is made to connect wired and wireless computers onto your internet and it does the jobs a regular wired router would do. an access point is used in the event a person has a wired router only and wants to go wireless so they just use one of their ports and hook up an ethernet wire to the access point and they then have wireless. wpa is more secure than wep imo.
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I see. Does it work the same way with the user entering a unique code?
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I see. Does it work the same way with the user entering a unique code?
Yes, it would be just like connecting to the wireless router.
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I see. Does it work the same way with the user entering a unique code?
With WPA-PSK what you do is you go into the routers security settings and type in any password you want.

Then every client (computer) that tries to connect wirelessly has to enter that same password. A dialog box should pop up once you try to connect asking for the password to be entered twice.

Difference between a/b/g:

As stated A uses a different frequency to avoid wireless congestion. You'll notice that many different devices are using 2.4ghz to transmit data now.

B uses the 2.4ghs frequency i was talking about and only transmits at 11mbps. I believe it has all the same security protocols as G, just the security protocols differs between the routers you may own/ have used.

G also uses the 2.4ghz frequency but is about 5 times faster than B (not actual throughput). G is also backwards compatible with B so if you get a G router and a friend has a B wireless card, he'll still be able to connect but his connection will be at 11mbps vs. the 54mbps you would get.

N uses the 2.4ghz frequency as well, but the protocol is not entirely finished, there are currently only "Pre-N" and "Draft-N" routers out at the moment. N is supposed to achieve speeds upwards of 300mbps and just about double the range of G.

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post #16 of 20
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imaweirdo159, that was an awesome summary. It was more than what i was looking for but its was very useful. Thanks a lot for your help!
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FYI, even though N hasn't been finalized yet, I'd still strongly recommend it if you're trying to cross vast distances or walls.

I've got a Belkin N1 router and N1 adapter and get strong signal with no drops across my house. With my previous G router (including a 7db high gain antenna to boost signal) and adapter, I constantly had drops and poor connection.

The bonus with Belkin is that when the N protocol is finalized, they will offer a firmware upgrade to make it comply with the final draft. I believe that this is the only brand to offer this upgradability.
     
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Yea. I have a question. My wireless b laptop can connect to a wireless g router, even though the settings for the router are for wireless g? As in other laptops are transferring at 54mbps but mine is only transferring at 11mbps?
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Yea. I have a question. My wireless b laptop can connect to a wireless g router, even though the settings for the router are for wireless g? As in other laptops are transferring at 54mbps but mine is only transferring at 11mbps?
Most routers do have the option to make wireless G devices the only ones that can connect, but i have yet to see someone enable that feature.

So the answer would be most likely yes, while other computers are connected at 54mbps (wireless G) you can also be connected at 11mbps (wireless B) and vice versa.

Also take note, a faster wireless connection will NOT speed up your connection to the internet, unless you have an internet connection that exceeds 5mbps or so.
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I see. I want the router for reliability and security reasons. Thanks alot!
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