Add an access point or buy a combined modem/router/access point?

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Martin, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. Martin

    Martin Guest

    All,

    I've currently got a Netgear DG811 ADSL modem/router. It has one desktop
    PC connected to it (via ethernet) and I occasionally hook up my work
    laptop, also via ethernet. I've now got a new laptop with 802.11g
    wireless networking capability so I'm thinking about adding wireless
    capability to my network.

    The question is, should I just add a Wireless Access Point to my
    existing setup, or should I buy a whole new combined modem/router/WAP? I
    suppose the latter route saves me a power socket and the price
    differential seems like only about 20 quid, but are there are drawbacks
    in this scenario? I don't like the idea of wasting my investment in the
    existing router, but for the extra cash would I be better off with a
    more modern bit of kit?

    Cheers,

    Martin
     
    Martin, Dec 16, 2004
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    Lurch Guest

    I'd add an access point. I prefer to have my network in seperate
    parts, this means that I have anly got to replace either a modem,
    firewall or access point in the event of a failure. It does cost a
    little more to start with but I find it better to build up a decent
    network from seperate parts than save a few quid and buy an all in one
    solution when I've already got most of the functions setup and working
    in existing kit.
     
    Lurch, Dec 16, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    Yup - agree with the above. It would cost you more to get a new all in one
    even if you sold your existing router so you are better off going for just a
    wireless access point.
    It also means that if you would like to locate it in another part of the
    room (due to signal strength) then its easy enough as you can just run a
    ethernet cable between the two without having to move the router
     
    Rob, Dec 16, 2004
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