Choosing a Wireless Access Point
If your Internet connection is fairly slow but your network proves to be sufficient, you may want to look into a wireless access point or WAP to speed things up. The device can be used both indoors and outdoors to boost your wireless signal in ways that a simple home network cannot. Wireless access points are ideal for businesses both large and small and for home use as well.
How is s Wireless Access Point Different From a Router?
- Wireless access points and routers have a lot of similarities, but a wireless access point is usually preferred by larger establishments such as businesses that have a lot more traffic than home users.
- Routers connect to the Internet via Ethernet cable whereas many wireless access points do not.
- Wireless access points are preferred if you need a high-speed wireless Internet network that needs to handle heavy traffic and a lot of users.
Can I Use the Cisco Aironet Outside?
- Yes, Cisco created a series of access points that can handle outdoor elements and hold up to water or wind in ways that other access points may not be able to.
- The outdoor series of access points will be clearly marked and labeled as made for outdoor use.
How Do I Control This Device If It's Located Out of Easy Reach?
- While it is true that your access point should be located centrally to where most of your users will need to connect to your Wi-Fi, the hardware doesn't need to be out of reach to establish a strong wireless network.
- Many devices come with a separate controller for technical issues that do not stem from the hardware, so working on them can be easier if you have to place your access point in a tough spot.
- Controller-based wireless access points will allow users to adjust the LAN network via wireless controller. Just make sure the antenna is within easy view to be able to get a good signal without a third-party software.
How Many Mbps Can This Access Point Handle?
- The Mbps determines how quickly your lightweight access point's networking ability is able to stream content from the web to a computer, tablet, or phone.
- This 180 Mbps access point will typically load web pages instantly.