Access Point is often a misunderstood member in the family of wireless internet-enabled devices. It’s sometimes confused with a wireless extender or assumed intimately analogous to a router. Access Point or AP is basically a device that creates Wireless Local Network or WLAN in an office or a large building. It simply connects with a wired router or a switch or a hub via an Ethernet cable and directs a Wi-Fi Signal to the designated area. For instance, if your office reception is beyond the wired router range, an AP is a great way to make the Wi-Fi signal available there.
Speaking about ranger extenders, they are perfect for a Home Wi-Fi but are seldom efficient for a business. The reason being the support for a limited number of devices usually more than a few dozen. Also, the range extenders while enhancing the Wi-Fi signal isn’t able to amplify the bandwidth. And the breach in the number of devices supported can lead to the weighing down of your connection. Access Point, on the other hand, can handle 60 plus connections simultaneously. So the users can roam freely in an office from room to room without expecting an interruption in the connection.
Advantages Of Using Wireless Access Points
Access Points are preferred for the ease of scaling the connected devices in an instant. There are more convincing reasons for using them that can be described as under:
1. Business-grade Access Points can be incorporated anywhere an Ethernet cable can run to. The latest models are compatible with power over Ethernet Plus or POE+. So a separate powerline or an outlet need not be installed near the AP.
2. The features like the Captive Portal & Access Control List (ACL) enable the management of users and their accessibility without compromising network security.3. Cluster feature allows IT, administrator, to treat Access Points as a single entity thus making changes and deployment really easy.