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[Discuss] Looking for WiFi router with certain characteristics

On 7/29/2014 10:11 AM, Derek Atkins wrote:
> Okay, here's a dumb question:  What's the difference between "Access
> Point" mode and "Range Extender" mode?  Is "RE" mode using wireless as
> the backhaul, whereas "AP" mode uses wired as the backhaul?

An access point is a standalone device.

Wireless distribution system, aka WDS, aka range extension, is part of
the draft 802.11g specifications but it was not formally included in the
final spec due to implementation issues (that may have changed; I
haven't kept up). A WDS access point is a client or slave to an existing
master access point. WDS is wireless; it does not use wired networking
at all. If your secondary access points are connected via wired Ethernet
then they're not doing WDS.

Rich P.

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