Experience with Access Points vs Routers/Extenders
I would like to clarify a couple of main things too.
Does using an AP make switching between the router and the AP easier? How different is this than using a second router, with the same network name/password? Do devices get "stuck" on the weaker signal until they are completely out of range of the stronger device before switching?
As a follow up on this "roaming", does it only work well if you have a wired router + several APs? Or will it work fine with a main typical residential wifi router + AP?
I see a lot of APs using PoE. Can they use a normal AC adapter instead? Or is it just better to use PoE? I don't have a router that supplies PoE.
I've read that many newer routers have a AP mode. Is there any downside to just using this (if any of my devices have the option)?
What are the main negatives about installing an AP instead of a different device? Or another network? Right now, I'd love to cover my garage or backyard with some signal.
(I've tried to read a lot of articles, but so many are very short, with bare bone explanations)
And if you have installed Access Points at your home, I'd love to hear your experience with them!