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The difference between an Access Point and a Wireless Network

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The topic says it all. I wanted to know the difference between an access point and a wireless network, if there is a difference. Thanks a lot I really appreciate all the help you guys provide.
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Well, there's going to be more to it, but a Wireless Access Point (WAP) is more for people coming and going, such as in a Cyber Cafe or the airport. A wireless network works the same way, only you usually have some privacy. Also, I'm pretty sure that on access points, file sharing, etc. is disabled, in order to prevent people accessing someone else's files or utilities. Like I said, there's a more scientific answer to this, but I'm just noting the more obvious differences that I've noticed.
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Technically speaking, an Access Point is just one piece of hardware in a Wireless Network. From another point of view, if you add an Access Point to a normal (non-wireless) network, it just became a wireless network.
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