Adding Access Points: Ethernet-based
Which brings us back to the good old standby - Ethernet. CAT5 cabling may be a pain (and expensive) to run, but it's a low-tech, sure-fire way to have the fastest and most reliable network. It has the added bonus of eliminating the power outlet requirement if you use remote APs with Power Over Ethernet (POE) capability. POE puts DC power on the unused wires in a CAT5 cable, making it do double duty as both a data and power cable. Although most consumer-grade equipment doesn't include the POE feature, it's not that hard to roll-your-own POE solution.
Before I head for the Wrap Up, I'll pass along a few more tips to keep in mind when adding Access Points:
Mix it Up!
You don't have to use the same make and model as your main unit when adding APs to your WLAN. Using the same product is more a matter of convenience, since you won't have to learn the admin interface for multiple products.
- Using Wireless Routers
Wireless Routers can be put into service as expansion Access Points, but require a little reconfiguration to work in this mode.