11-27-2007, 04:25 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2007
Do Wireless Access Points communicate wirelessly with Routers?
Will the Access Point being plugged into the wall increase its power, therefore its speed to the router over what I am currently getting?
Not necessarily. This is device specific and should have no direct relationship with being connect to mains power.
Will the connection be weaker because I would be adding an additional wireless leg to the connection between the computer and the router?
No, well at least it shouldn't.
There are APs out there that support Client AP mode which means that you can connect it to your client and it will act not to dissimilar to any other attached wireless device (UDS device). some devices even come out in a high power version to increase your range. But I question the use of an AP in that mode as there ar plenty of excellent USB device out there that do the same or better. There are also APs out there that support Repeater mode and this is most probably what you are looking for. If you place a repeater somewhere where it gets good signal from the Router and then can send that signal out to the client then that should pretty much solve your problem. A repeater needs no Ethernet connection, just power. Be warned about repeaters, some manufactures won't play nicely with other manufacturers.
I hope these comments help. Some brands probably worth a look would be Seneo, Engenius & Linksys. Sorry I can't be explicit about models but I prefer to leave that to the user to research.