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What is the difference between a wireless router and a wireless access point?
FAQ ID: 393 Product: WirelessUpdated:4/28/2005 1:29:33 PM
A wireless Router is an all-in-one solution that shares Internet access with a wired/wireless network. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server and Network Address Translation (NAT) routing are the primary features found on wireless Routers. DHCP server automatically assigns private IP addresses to the connected workstations, while NAT routing allows multiple PCs to share a single broadband Internet account. Set up and configuration are usually minimal or not required when using a TRENDnet wireless Router. Multiple PCs can start sharing high-speed Internet access in just minutes. An access point essentially functions as an extension from an existing wired network to a community of users with wireless laptops and desktop computers.

Most homes and small offices use wireless gateways because they need NAT routing and a DHCP server to share a single Internet connection among several computers. TRENDnet access points have extra network management, advanced user functions and security capabilities built into them. TRENDnet wireless Routers also offer specialized security functions like firewalls.

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