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How does a USB wireless access point work?

Asked by RocketSquid (3475points) June 23rd, 2010

I’ve been thinking about getting a usb wireless access point, but I’m not sure how the device (and everything connected through it) actually works with the rest of the network. I’m looking to connect my laptop and iPod to the internet wirelessly through my computer that is plugged in with an ethernet cord.

Long story short, I want to know if the main network will see the individual devices connected to the wireless access point, or will it only see the computer that has the physical connection.

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dpworkin's avatar

I think you mean a USB WLAN card. I don’t know of a USB access point.

mhl12's avatar

Wireless USB works on a different frequency than your normal wifi connection, so it’s not dependent on your internet. The how-it-works details are explained here.

An example product would be something like this.

On the other hand, network USB connects through your wireless router and uses your wireless local area network to transfer data.

This is one example.

Hope this helps.

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