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Old 30-06-2009, 03:16 PM
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What is the difference bewteen Access Points and Destinations?

I'm finding this a bit hard to understand.

My understanding of an access point is the method of connection, 3G, or wifi for example.

As for destinations, is this Internet and WAP? This is the bit I don't understand really. I'm with T-mobile and when connecting to the net at home I can choose from

1. Internet "My WIFI Router name"
2. WAP Services "t-zones"

and then, if I choose 'Options' and 'select access point' I've got

1. "My WIFI Router name"
2. T-mobile internet

Option 1 on both screens is the same thing, i.e my wifi, but option 2 is different, and both seem to work - what exactly is WAP as a connection? I thought WAP was just a type of cut down web site for mobiles.

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Old 30-06-2009, 04:10 PM
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destinations is smart access point. it will chose wifi or 3g or whatever you place in your desticnation. you should use it, and set your wifi as top priority with 3g the second priority. etc. if you have wofk wifi add that before the 3g. now your phone will chose wifi if its available, and 3g if wifi is not around.

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destinations is smart access point. it will chose wifi or 3g or whatever you place in your desticnation. you should use it, and set your wifi as top priority with 3g the second priority. etc. if you have wofk wifi add that before the 3g. now your phone will chose wifi if its available, and 3g if wifi is not around.
Roger, will it also switch automatically from wifi to 3G and more importantly from 3G back to wifi (when available)?

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Old 30-06-2009, 05:05 PM
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Roger, will it also switch automatically from wifi to 3G and more importantly from 3G back to wifi (when available)?

Mine doesn't - when I went out earlier Facebook would only connect through my home WIFI which obviously didn't work! Re-boot needed.

So what's this WAP business?

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WAP, wireless access protocol as I recall...

Back when nobody used the internet on phones and it was really expensive.

You could write WAP versions of web pages in WML (wireless markup language), which was an XML based markup language... It was horrible, and very little was done with it except occasional web developers going "lets do a WAP version of our site" and then getting really bored, really fast...

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Markup_Language and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireles...ation_Protocol if you care at all.

Really though, if you've never heard of wap & wml & horrible BMP based mono images (.wbmp as I recall), be happy

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Thanks

I knew about the low bandwidth WAP sites that used to be very popular, but I'm just not sure what WAP is as an access point.

For example. if I choose WAP Services "t-zones" as an access point I can still access full proper sites such as the main BBC site.

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WAP is just the protocol. I's slow, and it used to be build by the minute. No clue what the ISPs do now if you connect via WAP.
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When I loadded the BBC site using the wap access point it seemed to loads as fast as 3G...... But I might delete it as it seems useless.

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Maybe it sits on top of the gprs network...

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Think of a destination as a country and the access points as cities.

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I'm sure that in Finnish the words make sense, but that it loses something in translation.

Think of "Destinations" as "Connection Priorities".

For applications that can accept either WiFi or 3G the Destinations settings tell it what order you prefer to make connections before it will try others.

Realize that some applications may only take one or the other (Wifi or 3G).


Advantages of WiFi over 3G: It's an order of magnitude faster. It's probably free if you pay by the kB for your 3G connection.

Disadvantages of WiFi over 3G: It consumes more power. It may be an "open" connection that can be monitored by other (i.e. your communications may not be secure).

I hope that this helps.
 

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