Router vs Access point

What is a router?

A router is a device that allows messages and information to be routed or directed between computers. The Router communicates via wires or radio signals. It is the router's responsibility to ensure that message reach their intended destination. To send messages, the router uses the IP address in the same way that we use our home address. It is also the router's responsibility to ensure that messages or information do not spread to other computers and to prevent traffic.

What is an access point?

An access point is a radio receiver/transmitter that allows a wireless connection to be established. it is typically the direct link between a wired and wireless system. it is the interface through which all of your clients can connect to your LAN. As an example, consider an access point to be a type of antenna. You can share your internet connection with everything around you if you have one  It is similar to a portal or an open door.  Advanced features are available on modern access points. Some of these features include security features and the ability to prevent different wireless devices from ever seeing each other.

Router vs Access point | Difference between router and access point | 

  • The router is a device that sends and receives messages between computers, whereas access points are interconnection points that connect computers.
  • Only the router has a traffic management function, allowing messages and information to flow freely between computers.
  • The router is the only device that can serve as a DHCP server.
  • Although both router and access point use the same security such as WEP, WPA, 8021x, and TKPI, the router uses the NAT protocol.
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