Its very simple. If you have a router, you can add a wap. If not router, the the combo router/wap costs less.
I'm using a 37 dollar dlink (WifiG) from compgeeks for now so I wonder how much cheaper you can go.
I've got 2 two rooms - each with 2 computers and a wired Ethernet hub - interconnected by an Ethernet cable. I use dial-up from one computer and do not have broadband cable or DSL nor am I really interested in getting either in the near future.
I just got a Wi-Fi capable laptop and thought I'd get acquainted with Wi-Fi access to my wired network. My first thought was getting a Wireless Access Point, say a Linksys WAP54G, but now I'm confused. A router, say a Linksys WRT54G, *SEEMS* to have more functionality -
1) a WAP
2) a Hub - with 4 Ethernet ports (???)
3) a cable/DSL router
for *LESS MONEY*, as opposed to a WAP with only 1 Ethernet port. Am I missing something ??? Can I really replace a wired hub with the WRT54G and get wired hub functionality AND wireless access to my wired network ?
Thanks in Advance