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Ok I must be confused but, I just wanted to add another wireless access point at the other side of the house so I started looking up WAPs and they are like 3x as much as a plain old router is!

Why is this or am I mistaking a WAP for something else?

I have U-Verse and their modem/router is so picky at times about devices working under it was my only concern but should I just grab a router instead and turn off DHCP??

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Personally, I'd go the route of a router as well and turn off DHCP.
You also get a 'free' switch on it, too
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My guess is that its a niche market and they can price them much higher to get a few extra bucks from the non-techsavy. But depending on which wap your looking at, some of them can give really good signals.

Also, I think routers are priced cheaper as loss leaders so you would buy a same brand switch, ap, receiver etc.

I would get a router that supports third party firmware like the rt-n12 for extra flexibility when making it a wap. I'm using a wrt54g as my wap and it works like a charm.
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I would get a wireless router and turn off all the routing.

Or you can go with one of these:

    
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I wouldn't recommend any wireless extenders, they never really work fantastically. Wireless networks in general are poo.

I rewired my whole house with ethernet access points in all rooms connecting back to a single router downstairs. Cost me £35 british pounds, which is nothing compared to a half tidy wireless router (£90-£120), something to think about for sure. It requires a bit of work but is worth it.
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There are a few things you can do. You can just set up a second router, and run a cable between the switch ports (1-4, NOT internet port) to the switch ports on the other router (NOT internet port). Then set up a wireless network on the second router. Probably the quickest solution.

A wireless "router" is a NAT device with a built in access point and a switch. All-in-one type of deal, if you will.
    
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