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Putting it All Together

Table 1 is an attempt to summarize and compare the features of the components that can be used in a wireless bridge.

Table 1:
Comparison of AP / AP/Bridges / Wireless Ethernet Bridges
Feature
AP
AP/Bridge
Wireless Ethernet Bridge (WEB)
Supports Infrastructure Mode Wireless Clients

Yes

Yes

No
Supports multiple Wired Clients
Yes
Yes
Yes
Acts as Infrastructure Mode Wireless Client
No
Yes (*)
Yes
Supports AdHoc Mode
No
No
Yes
Supports Point-to-Point Bridging
No
Yes
Yes
Supports Point-to-Multipoint Bridging
No
Yes
Yes
Connects to AP/Bridge set to Bridging mode
No
Yes
No
Connects to WEB set to AdHoc mode
No
No
Yes

* - Works only if you use two of the same AP/Bridge product that supports "AP Client" mode.

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