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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.