What are the features of the wireless router, and why has it been used in SOHO?
Wireless routers are popular in small business and home office environments where a single AP
will do the trick. In this case, combining the broadband access router with the AP provides a
single box solution that's easier to administer and usually less expensive than two separate boxes.
Wireless routers tend to include network address translation to support Internet connection sharing
by WLAN users -- a feature that's convenient on SOHO environments. They may also include basic
firewall rules or packet filters that deflect port scanners and other low-grade attacks aimed at
always-on broadband connection. Finally, most wireless routers include a built-in 4-port Ethernet
switch for connecting a few wired PCs in addition to wireless stations. This can be handy to manage
the router or connect a printer to a SOHO LAN.
This was first published in July 2003