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Wireless Access Points

Wireless Access Points (WAP)

A wireless access point (WAP) is a hardware device or configured node on a local area network (LAN) that allows wireless capable devices and wired networks to connect through a wireless standard, including Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. WAPs feature radio transmitters and antennae, which facilitate connectivity between devices and the Internet or a network.

A WAP is also known as a hotspot.

Stand-alone access points are small physical devices that closely resemble home broadband routers. Wireless routers used for home networking have access points built into the hardware and work with stand-alone AP units. When you use a tablet or laptop to go online, the device goes through an access point, either hardware or built-in, to access the internet without connecting via a cable.

Several mainstream vendors of consumer Wi-Fi products manufacture access points, which allow businesses to supply wireless connectivity anywhere they can run an Ethernet cable from the access point to a wired router. AP hardware consists of radio transceivers, antennas, and device firmware.

Wi-Fi hotspots commonly deploy one or more wireless APs to support a Wi-Fi coverage area. Business networks also typically install APs throughout their office areas. While most homes require only one wireless router with an access point built in to cover the physical space, businesses often use many. Determining the optimal locations for access point installations can be challenging even for network professionals because of the need to cover spaces evenly with a reliable signal.

Are Wireless Access Points Necessary?

Many routers come with wireless capability built in, but if your router is not WiFi compatible, a wireless access point may be your answer. You might also want to consider installing more than one wireless access point if you have a large property to connect – not only will it make you WiFi enabled, but numerous wireless access points can also eliminate weak or spotty WiFi signals.

Before you jump into the purchase of a wireless access point however, you should do some research into your existing setup. For example, check things like your broadband speed to make sure it is compatible with your needs. You’ll also want to analyze your WiFi coverage and strength. If you find spots where coverage is weak or drops off completely, that’s where you may want to consider installing additional wireless access points.

Advantages of Wireless Access Point

  1. Strong signal coverage throughout the building (inside/outside)
  2. Easily extend the range of the Wi-Fi router
  3. Increase the number of potential users
  4. Large transmission range
  5. Useful for extending the wireless range of an existing network
  6. Flexible installation

Shop at Aslink Computers as we have a massive range of Wireless Access Points (WAP) from top brands including Juniper, LINKSYS, Aruba, Asus, Cisco, D-Link, Ruckus, Linksys, Meraki, Avaya, Netgear, TP-Link, Ubiquiti and more + same day dispatch.

The 10 Best Reviewed Wireless Access Point in 2022

  1. TP-LINK EAP225 V3 Wireless Access Point
  2. NETGEAR Wireless Access Point
  3. Ubiquiti Networks Wireless Access Point
  4. Zyxel True WiFi6 Wireless Access Point
  5. ASUS 3-In-1 Wireless Access Point
  6. Aruba Instant on AP22 Wireless Access Point
  7. Cisco Wireless Access Point
  8. Linksys Wireless Access Point
  9. Meraki Go GR10-HW
  10. D-Link Nuclias CONNECT DAP-X2850

 

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