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Wireless router & repeater in one package

by bklynjames / May 21, 2006 8:41 AM PDT

Do any vendors supply a wireless router that can dual as a wireless repeater/bridge?

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Seems to not make any sense.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2006 8:46 AM PDT

A wifi router would not need to be a repeater since it's already broadcasting as best it can.

Bridges however have been spotted. Look at the usual maker's websites.


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by pratapan / May 21, 2006 1:48 PM PDT

A router is a Layer 3 device in the OSI model. It connects two networks with different IP networks. It makes forwarding decisions based on the IP address.

A bridge or switch is a layer 2 device (OSI) and it makes forwarding decisions based on the hardware address (MAC address)

Most consumer routers are effectively a 2 port router (LAN side & WAN side). The LAN interface is usually attached to a 4 port switch.

A wireless Access Point is a bridge that connects the wired to the unwired devices. The AP is an extension of the 4 port switch side of the router.


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