I am thinking about purchasing the linksys WRT55AG wireless router. I am setting up a hot spot. My question is what is the difference (in detail) between a wireless router and a wireless access point?
We have a large building with 2 floors, and an outdoor space that we want to cover.
I am thinking of connecting the router to the lan. Will that provide an area of coverage by itself? In other words, does the router provide the coverage and then the access points are like repeaters to expand the coverage?
Do I need the router, or could I just do it with access points?
We want to buy one piece of equipment and then ascertain the coverage area and spread out in a circle from there with additioanal equipment as needed, until we have the entire area covered.
Also, how do I keep everything beyond the router from accessing my lan. And do I set it up as DHCP server? I just want to provide internet access to laptops.