Wireless LAN Overview

Another example of a simple home wireless LAN

This is a less common example of a home network where the Wireless Access Point is a separate device. This topology is more expensive but offers more flexibility. Consolidated router/wireless devices may not offer all the features desired by power users. In this configuration, it's possible for the Access Point to cost more than an equivalent Router and AP in one and that's probably due to the fact that there are fewer sold since most people prefer the combined functionality. Some people require higher end routers and switches that have features such as bandwidth throttling and gigabit Ethernet and having a modular design allows them the flexibility they need.

More detailed information on building a home network can be found here.