Advice on wireless AP vs. wireless router

Jeff Patterson jeff.patterson at dcdi.net
Wed Sep 7 09:02:11 MDT 2011


That is exactly what I needed to know thank you!



On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 8:41 AM, Tod Hansmann <plug.org at todandlorna.com>wrote:

> On 9/7/2011 8:27 AM, Jeff Patterson wrote:
> > Hey everybody,
> >
> > I work in a very small company that builds custom automated manufacturing
> > machinery in the valley. We would like to be able to access the company
> > network and the internet while debugging the machines away from the wired
> > network connection at our desk. My boss would like to install a couple of
> > AP's so that we can connect to the network while at the machines.
> >
> > Personally, I don't see any different security concerns using our
> existing
> > wireless router (that currently has the wireless turned off) but he seems
> to
> > think that an AP is a safer solution. Are there any opinions about the
> > mater?
> >
> > I have looked at the specs of the AP he is interested in and it looks to
> me
> > to be a router. Am I missing something or is there a reason an AP is a
> > better solution?
> Actually, no, having a wireless AP is literally the same as just hanging
> a loose ethernet wire out there that you will always get a DHCP address
> from (don't talk to me about MAC filtering, or I'll talk to you about
> MAC spoofing).
>
> That said, if you need to cover that area, multiple nodes will likely be
> needed, and APs are easier to work with.  If you have a router
> currently, you can put both APs into their own LAN separate from the
> regular LAN on your current router (it would just be a different
> interface on the router, though I don't know if your router has multiple
> interfaces or not).  Then you can just firewall the two from each other
> and allow only the access to specific places on specific ports on the
> LAN from the WLAN.
>
> As to the AP he's looking at, if it has multiple interfaces and NAT
> settings, it's a router.  Get APs.  The actual AP is less of a concern
> compared to mounting, antennae, and standard (b/g or n?) that you will
> be using.  Get some good antennae for coverage.  If this is going to be
> an important service, invest in some APs that handle multiple clients
> better.
>
> Good luck!
>
> -Tod Hansmann
>
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