If I understand correctly...
I've used both approaches, with "geography" being the main factor:
- If the clients are in a small area, all within reach of the WiFi
modem, then the wireless modem is a little simpler to manage, a little
- If the clients are not safely reachable by the modem wireless
signals, then separate routers/APs are needed.
- Depending on the features, the additional router might present some
security advantages, but may also require additional tweaking to handle
incoming Port-Forwarding, etc.
I might add that, a few years ago, I tried Linksys products, including
the 54G, on a few occasions, in separate sites - with unacceptable
stability. Tried firmware updates, tech-support, etc, etc. I've not used
any of their products since...
On 22/01/2010 18:09, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> Dear ILUG gurus,
>> What do you think of the relative merits
> of a WiFi ADSL modem serving a number of laptops
> versus a simple ADSL modem connected to a desktop computer
> with a WiFi router (Linksys WRT54GL) on the other side?
>> I have the latter setup, basically because I am using
> an old Eircom ADSL modem.
> But this strikes me as having some advantages
> in understanding and controlling what is going on.
> (I'm running shorewall under CentOS on my desktop.)
>> However, this seems to be an unusual viewpoint?
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