What’s the Difference Between Wireless Access Points, Hubs, Switches, and Routers?

Wireless Access Points

Wireless access points are an efficient and effective way to provide network connections within a facility.

At FiberPlus, we offer the installation of wireless access points. But what are wireless access points? And what is the difference between them and other internet devices? We’re here today to demystify the difference between essential internet hardware.


A hub is what allows two or more computers on the same network to communicate with each other. Each computer plugs into the hub with an ethernet cable. Information that passes from one computer to another must first pass through the hub. Hubs are the simplest systems because, unlike switches, they can’t recognize the source or destination for the information it receives. The hub receives the information, then sends it to all computers in the network, including the computer that sent the information.


Switches are faster and more efficient than hubs because they can identify the source of information sent to them and send the information to the intended recipient. Switches can even send and receive information at the same time. Switches are great for networks in residential homes that share music and play network games.


Routers allow computers to communicate and can pass information between different networks, such as your home network and the internet. Routers are great for giving all computers on your network access to the internet and can also provide firewall security.

Wireless Access Points

Wireless access points, also known as base stations, provide wireless internet by connecting to a hub, switch, or router. Wireless access points allow computers to gain wireless access to wired networks. These access points act a lot like cell phone towers; you can move across several different locations and still have wireless access. If you want to share an internet connection, you must connect the access point with a router. Access points are widely used by hotels, airports, and restaurants!

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FiberPlus has been providing data communication services for a number of different markets through fiber optics since 1992. What began as a cable installation company for Local Area Networks has grown into a top telecommunications business that can provide the Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia areas with a number of different services. These services now include:

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