How does a Wireless Router Work?

Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2011 03:31 pm
Someone asked me: when you have a Wireless Router does it constantly try to find new devices on it's network or does the new device have to contact it first? It was an interesting question, and I didn't know the answer. Just in case the answer varies by device, mine's a Linksys Wireless Router B.
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Robert Gentel
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Reply Thu 28 Apr, 2011 03:38 pm
By default they broadcast their existence (this can be turned off on any router) and the devices are configured to look for the networks that are thusly announced.

They do not try to connect to devices on their own.
Reply Mon 9 May, 2011 07:05 am
@Robert Gentel,
Thanks! That was very helpful!
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