i've had a wired network for quite a while now using 2 pc's to share files and printers and i want to know if i can add a wireless access point to it as i've just bought a laptop as i've gone back to college and want to be able to use it anywhere my router is a belkin can i just piggyback the wap onto my router or will this not work i dont want to get rid of my wired network
I have a wired network,I bought a laptop and a wireless card for it.I then bought a PCI wireless adapter,installed this in my desktop,setup the laptop to connect thru the desktop to the net.It was a bit fiddly to setup initially,but I now have WEP setup on the desktop/laptop(carn't use WPA with 98se)and the issues with the desktop keep trying to use the laptops WiFi for internet access(after each reboot) are now sorted out to.The laptop can only access the desktops files,not the 2nd PC on the network,which isn't a problem as the 2nd PC is my daughters and all my files are on my desktops HD's anyway.
As De Marcus™ says, yes you can just plug a Wireless Access Point into a wired router to make it a Wireless Router.
"Stand-alone" Wireless Access Points, however, tend to be disproportionately expensive compared to Wireless Routers.
If you have ADSL broadband and a combined Modem/Router, a Wireless Access Point is probably the way to go. With Cable broadband and a router without a built-in modem, a replacement "Wireless Router" is probably less expensive than a Wireless Access Point on its own.