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I need to know the difference between wireless router and an access point. We have very big office and there are 2 floors in our office. Should I use 1 wireless router (dual band) on ground floor and on upper floor should I use access point? Please guide me.
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You need router to divide some parts of your network (routing) or you network from ISP's network. It has included Access point functionality.
Access point is used for access of wireless users to you network only.
You can use only Access points if you need only access to network.
Check also distance, walls may decrease it.
A router (wireless or not) connects two networks to each other.

So, typically, you'd use a router to connect your local network in your office (network #1) to the internet (network #2.)

If you're trying to cover a large physical area, you'd typically have a router located where your internet connection is.  If that router is wireless, it'll give you wireless coverage for the area near the router.  For areas that are outside of its wireless range, you would connect it (by wire) to a wireless access point, and put the wireless access point in the area of the building that the wireless router cannot reach wirelessly.

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A router functions as the central point for your entire network (gateway).  It controls the unique addresses for each computer on the network.  If it is equipped with a firewall (most are) the router will also control what, if anything, can be seen from the Internet (like a web server).

An access point is a radio device that converts the physical network signal to a radio signal that computers can (obviously) connect to.  It is very similar to a cordless phone.  A wireless-router is essentially a router with a wireless access point built into it.

Covering a large area is best using a router and multiple wireless access points.  Connect the router to the DSL/Internet Service.  Get all your physical network ports working.  Then connect your access points where necessary; taking into account distances and obstacles (like walls and multi-floors).  Experiment as needed until you feel your site is optimally covered.

It's probably best to use one router for your entire network unless you have advanced security issues or a very large network (200+ users).
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Gentel man there is not physical network points in our office. everything is running on wireless. Please tell me wireless router and access point is same? My idea is that access point is that device which will get signals from wireless router without physicall connected. Where signals are very low we use access points so it take signals frm wireless router and sends it to others. is it rite?
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Typically each repeater cuts the bandwidth in half.
If you get a repeater, make sure it is the same brand as the router because there is so far no uniform standard for repeaters.
It is clear from your related question:
you need only access points. (most linksys routers can't be swithed to access point mode, so advice was absolutely correct). What Linksys model is used?
I can recommend you connect your access points with wires. It can increase productivity. If it is impossible, follow strung's advice (34425516)
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Helped me alot. thanks