Router Vs Access Points
Router Vs Access Points
In today’s world , the Internet is becoming one of the inevitable resources for the information ,which may be needed by a professional or other person. In this article , I will discuss the two technologies used to get the internet in house or office .
What is Router ?
Router acts like a traffic police controller in the computer network. It directs the packet which is coming from many different sources to different destinations depending on the routing information provided by the routing algorithms. The routing algorithms may be static or dynamic . For the set up of a Net gear router ,click here.
We have two categories in router , wired and wireless . Wired router is very rarely used in public or private networks nowadays, but the wireless router has created a revolution in the internet industry , now it is more popular in house or office usage.We have different types of router edge router and core router . we will look into one by one.
What is an edge router ?
Core router offers packet forwarding between other core and edge routers.
Next we move on to Access Points (WAP).
We start with discussing the meaning of WAP and it’s working nature.
What is Access Point?
It is another networking device , which acts like an independent device or part of a router.
Like WAP , just now I discussed it in the above paragraph .
The reason to use the WAP is :
- If a device doesn’t have an inbuilt wi-fi connection , WAP allows the device to connect to the router.We can connect a scanner or printer through these WAP to be accessed by other devices.
- It can be used as a wi-fi range extender , which means we can increase the wi-fi network coverage area ,thereby enabling more devices to connect the router for accessing the internet.
Next we come for the main part of this article , i,e the difference .
What is the difference between Router and Access points?
Role played by router
- Access Point
- DNS server
- DHCP server
Role played by WAP
- Access point
- Wireless client
- Multi SSID.
A router can acts like a WAP but not an access point acts like a router.
This is the main difference between those two.
- Router and WAP commonly used in many different public networks to provide the internet access to large areas for connecting the multiple devices.
We will continue the discussion on this further about the working principles behind them.