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I would like to add wireless capability to an existing network. The current network consists of 5 desktops wired direct to a router. I believe all I need is a wireless access point plugged in to the existing router, correct?

Also, I am a bit confused about wheter there is a difference between a "wireless router" and a "wireless acess point". I do not want to install a new router, just want the access point. Is there a difference here?

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ross style said:
I would like to add wireless capability to an existing network. The current network consists of 5 desktops wired direct to a router. I believe all I need is a wireless access point plugged in to the existing router, correct?
That's correct, however, you will need a computer/laptop with a wireless network card to use it.

ross style said:
Also, I am a bit confused about wheter there is a difference between a "wireless router" and a "wireless acess point". I do not want to install a new router, just want the access point. Is there a difference here?

Thanks.
One is a router and the other is more of a hub for wireless devices. You don't need another router, so all you need is a WAP with devices configured for wireless connectivity.
 

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Buy yourself any wireless router that has a built in 4 port Ethernet switch. These are cheaper than wireless access points.

Configure the wireless router web interface with a static IP address outside of your current DHCP range in the same IP subnet of your current network. Turn off DHCP on the wireless router. Connect the wireless router using one of the LAN ports, leave the WAN port disconnected.

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Thanks for the quick replies. Answered my questions perfectly.

One more now..
I recently installed a hub on one of the ethernet connections so that I can plug a laptop and a desktop in at the same physical location. Does a combination hub/wireless acess point exist that would serve this purpose as well as a wireless access point?
 
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