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I'm getting rid of an old notebook PC that it cable connected to a DSL modem.

I'm putting in its place an iPad.

I know I'll need a wireless component attached to the modem, but don't know if I need a wireless router or if only an access point will do.

Of course a wireless router would have the advantage being able to also connect other devices with cables to the ethernet ports, but if I don't care about that, is an access point enough?
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I think an access point is enough for what you want. For the most price difference I prefer the flexibility of a wireless router, but that is just my view. If you have a good access point in mind, it should do the trick.
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You can get away with a cheap Linksys wireless router that will keep you safer the just an access point.
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Any access point or wireless router should do "N" speed and WPA2 security. That should work for you.
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by:christopher tracy
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A wireless router is basically a router and access point all in one.
 You would buy an access point if you had an existing network and wanted to
 add wireless capability. You would plug the access point into an existing
 router, hub or switch.
 Going back as this stuff was emerging there was a price advantage to just
 buying an access point. But as things progressed wireless routers sold in
 greater numbers and the prices became more competitive. To the point that
 now in many instances a wireless router will cost you less than an access
 point.
 There is very little reason any longer to buy an access point as most
 wireless routers now can function as an access point.
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@ronhicks22207  - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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