I have a wired LAN on which I can share files between computers, print from different computers etc. all of which can access the internet via a ICS PC and wired router. I'm happy with this and it works just fine.
I've recently added a laptop and wired this into the LAN with no problems and it does what all the others can do, however, it would be nice to be able to sit in the garden during the summer (no comments on the deluge of rain and gale force winds over the weekend please
) and do some work and still be able to print or share files as needed.
The laptop has wireless built in and I've been looking into how to add this via wireless. Most seem to say that a Wireless Access Point is the way to go and a few say that a Wireless Router can do the same thing.
I'm thinking the former but has anyone here done it? If the WAP is the proper way then can I simply plug this unit into my existing LAN switch? Any pointers on how to do this and tips/tricks etc. would be most welcome.
Finally, I'm assuming that there would be some kind of security built into WAP as there is with most wireless products?
... oh and would I be able to connect to my own internet service as I do with the PC's/laptop from my mobile phone so that I can get upgrades/apps direct to the phone using wireless?
Thanks in advance