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Best Access Points 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated April 1, 2019
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Maurice TurnerMy name is Maurice Turner. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. After putting in 33+ hours of research and testing, I made a list of the best access points of 2018 and explained their differences and advantages.

I will go through the main features and what you should consider when deciding which one to pick over the other. In this article, I’ve listed down the Top 3 list. These are the best access points your money can buy.

Best Access Points of 2018

After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. Not all access points are created equal though.

Simply review and buy them. So this is not only going to give you an insight to the best access points of the 2018 but also those which are user friendly and easy to work with.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
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Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
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Size
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Construction
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Value
5 points
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№1 – NETGEAR Insight Remote Managed Wireless Access Point

 
NETGEAR Insight Remote Managed Wireless Access Point

Pros
ONE-TOUCH MANAGEMENT – One-touch installation and management of all your Insight Managed Switches and APs, no additional hardware needed
ANYWHERE MONITORING & MANAGEMENT – Remote management for unrivaled mobile management experience of your wireless network – anywhere, anytime, from the palm of your hand
Cons
Literally no flaws
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this access points win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day.

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Style
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5star

Size
5

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Construction
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4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№2 – NETGEAR Insight Remote Managed Wireless Access Point

 
NETGEAR Insight Remote Managed Wireless Access Point

Pros
ONE-TOUCH MANAGEMENT – One-touch installation and management of all your Insight Managed Switches and APs, no additional hardware needed
ANYWHERE MONITORING & MANAGEMENT – Remote management for unrivaled mobile management experience of your wireless network – anywhere, anytime, from the palm of your hand
Cons
Can be tricky for beginners.
Lack of durability.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this access points come in second place?

I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.

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Style
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Construction
4

4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point

 
Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point

Pros
3 Dual-Band Antennas, 3 dBi each
Max. Power Consumption: 9W
Networking Interface: 2 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports
Cons
Not as good as some others we reviewed.
Length might be an issue with some customers.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this access points take third place?

I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work.

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Access Points Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy access points, right? No!

Routers

These are single networking hardware units that are suitable for homes of around 2,500 square feet or less, though you can always extend Wi-Fi via additional access points (recommended for best performance) or extenders (easier, but slow in speed.) Setups like these are ideal for those who want to get the most out of their home network, including the best security, most features, total control and fastest speed.

Despite the unassuming design, the Synology RT2600ac is one of the best routers on the market.

Wi-Fi systems

Wi-Fi systems, also known as home mesh systems, are sets of multiple hardware units that works together wirelessly to increase Wi-Fi coverage over a wide area. Wi-Fi systems generally can cover some 4000 square feet or more and are typically very easy to use. They are great for novice users who just want to get online quickly and conveniently. In return, they have limited features/settings and are expensive. I don’t use a Wi-Fi system in my home, but these two are my favorite nonetheless.

Who it’s good for: Anyone who wants to have an easy Wi-Fi network without compromising the local coverage range and fast broadband speed.

Beamforming

All of the WiFi vendors mentioned in the product comparison on page two support some form of beamforming. So what is beamforming? Well at a high level, Beamforming allows the transmitter and MIMO receiver to work together to achieve the best signal possible by using multiple antennas to transmit and receive signals. This is done in order to effectively increase the signal strength by attempting to prevent signals from cancelling each other out at the receiver.

This is accomplished through a number of different technical methods, the most simple (relatively) being the alteration of the signal gain and phase. Bi-directional beamforming takes this idea and optimizes it by having both the access points (AP) and the client support beamforming, this way the signal is not only being optimized from the AP to the client, but also from the client to the AP. However, some major wireless vendors have yet to implement it.

As with everything in business, the actual results that are provided by a given vendor’s solution can differ significantly from what they promise. Make sure to take the time to test multiple vendors’ products in the target environment to ensure the expected performance is achieved.

Multi-Gigabit Backhaul

One of the common issues for existing wireless deployments is that APs have been typically deployed using Power over Ethernet (PoE) using a single copper cable for backhaul. With earlier wireless implementations this wasn’t a problem because the aggregate wireless throughput was always lower than the physical capabilities of that single cable. However, with the implementation of 802.11ac Wave devices this is no longer true.

There are a few different solutions for this including NBASE-T and MGBASE-T. Both offer solutions that allow existing cabling (copper cables that don’t support Gigabit Ethernet) to stay where they are and now support rates of 2.or Gbps, allowing companies to upgrade their wireless infrastructure without needing to upgrade their cabling infrastructure. 

Another option may exist for certain deployments where multiple cables exist for each AP. In this case, it may be possible for a link aggregation solution to work to combine the throughput of multiple links. In these situations look for products that support IEEE 802.3ad (LACP).

However, keep in mind that this is an issue that will only exist for specific environments (high density). Inspect your environment to make sure that this is truly a problem before using it as a selection criteria.

Wireless Intrusion Protection

As with every other piece of networking equipment, security is very important. Most vendors support some type of wireless intrusion protection, typically including detection of rogue access points and clients. While this may be an add-on to some vendor’s product lines, it should be a consideration in your 802.11ac product selection.

Antenna Options

In the world of wireless, one thing that can never be overlooked is the selection of available antennas for a specific product. Since the environment that a wireless network must work within is almost always different, the ability to adapt a solution to use multiple types of antennas to achieve good performance is vital.

Spectrum Analysis, Noise Reduction And Channel Management

Anyone who has ever implemented a wireless network is familiar with what noise can do to the availability and capability of a wireless network (is the microwave running?). Most of the vendors have their own features that are intended to reduce both the noise created by their solutions and external noise that affects their solutions. This is done through a combination of both active and passive noise environment detection. Based on the results from this added information, the signal can be modified to best meet the requirements of a specific environment.

Most of the 802.11ac solutions we list on page two support the ability to dynamically change the channel being used by each radio depending on this learned information. Some even offer the ability for a dual band radio to change from 2.to or vice versa depending on the wireless demand and the current environmental conditions.

The next two steps coming to the wireless evolution are: the full implementation of the 802.11ac standard (also referenced in some places as Wave 3) and the eventual next standard 802.11ax.

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi Dual-Radio PRO Access Point

Ubiquiti Networks is a highly appreciated company in the networking equipment industry destined for business enterprises. One of the reasons why they’ve become so successful is the incredibly competitive prices they offer. A great example is the UniFi UAP-AC-PROAccess Point which offers solid quality and reliable features at a very affordable price.

In terms of looks, the UAP-AC-PRO’s low profile is emphasized by its saucer design that has become the standard for UniFi products. On the top of the small unit, you can find a ring that glows during the operation of the device and it can also serve as a status LED. On the bottom, there’s a removable wall-mount plate for convenient attaching to any location.

The two Gigabit LAN ports can be discovered too at the bottom of the access point. One of them represents the main port for data and power and the second one can act as an unpowered bridge port. A USB port is also integrated at the center of the device for those who want to connect a speaker attachment and have the access point also function as a PA system.

Thanks to the UniFi Controller software that helps with the management of all UniFi devices including this one, administering the UAP-AC-PRO is a breeze. With it, you can use a single system for the managing of all UniFi devices on just a single deployment. The software installs on the system and the data that comes from the devices will be easily logged on it instead of remaining within the devices themselves.

It is a great access point in terms of pretty much everything. It’s fast and powerful and extremely configurable. The design is also quite fitting in a business environment. Setting up one is not that complicated. Due to its small learning curve, even a typical home user should be able to get the hang of it in some time. Overall, if buying the best access point on the market is in your interest, the UAP-AC-PRO should definitely be considered as a potential solution.

Key Features

EnGenius EAP350 N300 High-Power Wireless Gigabit Indoor Access Point

The EAP350 is an interesting model by Engenius, a 2.4GHz Wireless-N access point which provides a lot of punch in terms of transmitting power. With a reasonable price tag, this device is ready to offer some great benefits for your business.

One of the first thing that captures the attention is the long range of this device. Thanks to a 2dBm RF Tx transmit power of its high gain dBi antenna, this model provides a considerably larger wireless range than its similarly priced competitors, more than twice the coverage in fact.

The EAP350 has lots of operation modes including Access Point, WDS Bridge, and WDS Access Point as well as Universal Repeater. As an access point compliant with the latest standard and offering MIMO capabilities, this device can deliver up to 300 Mbps throughput over wireless. It seems that EnGenius focused on improving connectivity capabilities and high-performance above all else. The included Gigabit Ethernet Port is also proof of that as it allows for 10x faster data transfer rates compared to a Fast Ethernet port. This makes the EAP350 ideal for streaming all kinds of multimedia files including videos, music, and applications.

Another useful aspect of this access point is the Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) support which is nice for certain areas where there are no power outlets available. EnGenius provides a recommended PoE injector option though you’ll have to purchase it separately.

The software used for monitoring and managing this access point is the EZ Controller that’s available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The tools provided by it are quite complex and will satisfy many IT managers and network administrators to effectively maintain the wireless networks. To protect the network from access without authorization, EAP350 features industry standard WEP and WPA/WPAencryption settings.

The smoke detector-style design of this powerful device allows for discreet ceiling placement. It should be an ideal match for extending networks within very large buildings or expansive facilities like hotels, hospitals, or universities. The EnGenius EAP350 is one of the top picks for this list as it offers pretty much all the best features needed for an access point and all for a fair price.

Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LR Networks Enterprise Wi-Fi System

A revolutionary WiFi system, the UniFi combines enterprise performance with a central management controller and an unlimited level of scalability. With a refined industrial designed, the UAP-AC-LR by Ubiquiti Networks is part of this lineup of high-performance access points that can be installed quickly and effortlessly with the included mounting hardware.

The unit features the latest cutting edge MIMO technology and is designed to be used indoors. The speeds offered are more than decent, up to 450 Mbps on the 2.GHz band and approximately 86Mbps on the bigger GHz band.

In terms of exterior design, this Ubiquiti access point has the same low profile and immaculate white look that can be found in other products from the UniFi lineup. On the front you have the same glowing LED that aids in seeing the current status of the device. On the bottom, you can find the ceiling mount because the UAP-AC-LR is meant to be mounted to a drywall. Somewhere near the twist locking device used for mounting you can also discover the 10/100/1000 Gbps Ethernet port for routing the cable to the device.

I found the performance of this access point to be slightly weaker than expected but even if it isn’t the fastest out there, it’s still a highly resilient and configurable device. In the end, it depends on the kind of qualities you seek though reliability is usually more prized than super speeds in an enterprise environment.

From the convenience of your own desk and available through any standard web browser, the UniFi Controller software used by the UAP-AC-LR is ideal for handling high-density client deployments which demand high performance and low latency. Configuring and administering a large enterprise network can be done effortlessly with the help of a powerful software engine such as this one. There’s no special training required.

The Unifi wireless access point by Ubiquiti does a good job though it does require some more advanced knowledge to get it running optimally in your desired configuration. The degree of complexity is matched by its excellent flexibility and considering its relatively low price, this access point offers some serious value that’s probably too good to pass up.

Linksys Business AC1200 Dual-Band Access Point

Another Linksys access point that seems extremely promising is the LAPAC 1200. It’s a dual band model intended for making a significant upgrade to the Wi-Fi network in your place of business. It comes with a pretty large list of features and it definitely looks like a solid investment for an access point. It may not be as advanced as the LAPAC 2600 but it can still pack a punch.

Suited for smaller to medium-sized offices, this access point should meet your expectations in terms of speed thanks to its Wireless-AC technology which is considerably faster than a basic Wireless-N connection. Lag times are tremendously reduced for some of the more demanding activities in terms of bandwidth such as video conferences for example.

The LAPAC 1200 features two wireless bands, a 2.GHz and a GHz one which together can reach data transfer rates of 1.Gbps. Certain enhancements like the wider 80 MHz channels will allow for greater data bandwidth during operations in the GHz band which is usually not as crowded.

One of the most interesting aspects of this wireless access point lies in its ability to manage multiple devices like this one conveniently from just a single point of control. This is called Clustering and it will potentially reduce costs while at the same time simplify the constant management process of the access points. Additionally, Linksys made some solid improvements to the web administrative interface giving it a more intuitive feel so the installation process is very straightforward.

Another strong capability of this access point is the PoE+ technology that can let both electrical power and data pass through a single Ethernet cable en route to the device. Worth mentioning is also the Captive Portal feature for enabling better guest control and customized access Wi-Fi hotspots. The access point value bundle is rounded up by the most advanced security protocols for helping administrators keep the network safe.

An extremely balanced choice, the Linksys LAPAC 1200 is proving to be a valuable addition to any business office or any other kind of building where a Wi-Fi network can become easily congested. In this price bracket, you can’t really find a better-suited option to effectively handle your demanding high-speed and high-coverage Internet needs.

Dual-Band Support

The 2.GHz band is becoming increasingly crowded and less functional. Some professional wireless engineers are even declaring: “2.GHz is dead!”

Right now, we recommend providing 2.GHz support for compatibility with older devices, and GHz support for newer devices, so you’ll want to purchase a dual-band access point that supports both 2.and GHz.

Although 802.11n is a 2.and GHz standard, many 802.11n devices support 2.GHz only. When looking at the specifications for the AP, look for one of the GHz standards to ensure that it supports both bands.

802.11a/b/g/n/ac  802.11ac is a GHz-only standard, so it supports GHz

Watch for 802.11a and 802.11ac support on the WiFi certification logo!

Linksys WRT54GL Wi-Fi Wireless-G Broadband Router

The best seller in Computer Networking Transceivers, the colorful router Linksys is a Linux-based system that comes with 4-ports and Wireless-G Access Point. It can share the connection with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G and –B devices. It has fast Ethernet ports and wireless signals are secured and encrypted by WPAwhich prevents to some of the most well-known attacks.

TP-LINK TL-WR940N Wireless N300 Home Router, 300Mpbs, External Antennas, IP QoS, WPS Button

The three antennas, 300Mbs, and 802.11n technology are all the most important aspects that make TP-LINK TL-WR940N Wireless N300 stands out with its extremely accelerated speed, and stable and widely-covered network. This product is super easy to set up in just a few minutes and you can enjoy all the cool features such as parental controls, WPS encryption and more.

ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router

With one of the leading brand of hardware manufacturers, ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router is not only a great functional router but also very stylish well designed. The speed is up to 450Mbps and supports IPv6, VPN Ethernet, USB, and 802.Especially, the antennas are detachable.

NETGEAR N750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router

The illuminated NETGEAR saves your frustration and worries with networking set up with fast wizard that supports Windows and more and the speed is super-fast with the big bandwidth up to 750 Mbps. The coverage is perfect is perfect for medium and large homes as it radiates really far across rooms. It can stand by itself with the strong stand and your home will have a really good internet connection.

Stumble

Few people are familiar with the work that telecom regulators do. But, the success of the wireless networking technology is enough evidence of what can be accomplished when regulators and technologists work jointly. Invented in 1991, WiFi enables individuals to connect to their home or business networks with remarkable ease and convenience.

If you have a large business, you may be facing a challenge in that your WiFi cannot stretch far enough to be accessed by all your clients. If this an issue you can associate with, then firstly, congratulations on growing your business. Secondly, we would like to recommend a wireless access point (WAP), which provides additional network coverage to a region.

In this article, we will look at the attributes to consider when selecting a wireless access point, and also highlight the best of these models in the market.

The Wireless Standard

Primarily, you will choose between two types of wireless standards, that is, the 802.1ac or 802.1in. Among the two, 802.1ac wireless is the latest; and, subsequently, offers a faster speed. However, you will need to verify that the rest of your network offers a similar speed before choosing this wireless standard.

Antenna Settings

A crucial aspect to account for when buying a wireless access point is its capacity to create stable networks. For this to happen, the WAP needs quality antenna settings. As such, you should examine the kind of antenna utilized by the gadget. Usually, some devices have antenna, which can be easily replaced or removed. Others, however, feature internal antenna that cannot be tampered with easily.

Standalone vs. Controller-based Access Points

You will also have to decide between a standalone and controller-based WAP. The concept behind the standalone is that it functions independently of any other gadgets. The latter relies on a controller for unifying and regulating network coverage services.

Standalone WAPs are ideal for creating network in just small areas. However, if you want to create network for multiple users, what you need is a number of access points. All these access points will need to pass through a controller for efficient network management.

MikroTik RB941-2nD Home Access Point

Getting a quality wireless access point on a budget can be challenging, particularly in a world where new technology is rolled out every day. Thankfully, the MikroTik Access Point is reasonably-priced.

There are a couple of features we like about this access point. Firstly, it is easy to set up. Secondly, it has an incredibly high range even in spaces that have barriers such as walls. Thirdly, the MikroTik is designed with multiple Ethernet ports. In fact, you can link up to five different devices to it.

Aruba IAP-205-US Wireless Network Access Point

This wireless access point is powered by an external 12-volt source or the 802.3af or the.3at power. However, the manufacturer recommends using the 802.3at power source. Aruba IA 20also has 2*MIMO, which are connected using four integrated omnidirectional antennas.

The Aruba IAP WAP delivers superb network coverage for both indoor and outdoor environments.

Pricing- the most expensive access point in our review.

Open-Mesh A60 Access Point

The A60 is one of the latest wireless access points on the market. It covers large areas with WiFi, and can accommodate multiple users simultaneously.

Open Mesh A60 series features a carved square at the middle, highlighting the company’s logo. It has a compact design that consists of internal antennas, USB port and Gigabit Ethernet Ports; LED Status Indicator.

Lacks local admin option

D-Link Wireless AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender & Access Point

The DAP-1650 features one of the most exceptional designs in our review. Foregoing the typical flat shape, this access point is cylindrical in shape- a design that helps reduce the desktop footprint.

This WAP gadget by D-Link has internal antennas suited for use with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. It also has four gigabit Ethernet ports and two LED indicators.

Linksys LAPAC2600 Wireless MU-MIMO Access Point

The sleek and multipurpose LAPAC2600 is a great addition to any growing network. You can mount this access point inconspicuously either on walls or ceilings. It features two gigabit LAN connections, which you can link to your small home router.

It lacks external antenna support

EnGenius EAP350 N300 High-Power Wireless Gigabit Indoor

The EnGenius N300 is another handy solution for extending your network coverage. Fitted with a 29dBm RF Tx power, this access point offers better signal coverage compared to other high-priced models.

The EnGenius N300 has tons of operation configurations including Access Point, WDS Bridge, WDS Access Point and the Universal Repeater. It also features the latest standard MIMO capabilities, offering up to 300 Mbps.

Does not come with clear instructions on how to use the device

Securifi Almond Access Point

The Securifi Almond doubles up as a Wi-Fi range extender, network access point and a conventional router. Perfect for medium-sized apartments, this access point features a 2.8” touchscreen. The beauty of having this touchscreen is the fact that you can set the Almond+ by simply tapping it or through a connected computer. Whichever way you choose, this configuration takes less than five minutes.

The device security is up-to-date with WEP, WPA, WPAand WPAmixed code.

Great Range

According to the manufacture, the Unifi PRO offers a range up to 3,500-square-foot. However, the range will depend of varying factors, including building layout and construction and how many devices are connected to the network. When you compare this brand with the competition, you will immediately notice the difference, because it offers more reliability, better range and zero interference.

Includes A POE Injector

The Unifi Pro includes a POE injector, which is a new technology that ensures easier and quicker electronic connections. It also includes a POE switch, so you can rest assured that you are going to receive the quickest and easiest connection possible.

Super Easy EAP Deployment

The TP-Link AC1200’ low-profile chassis allows for a super easy install, regardless if you are going to be placing it on a ceiling or wall. This design will allow you to conceal the AEP inside your home, so others will not even know that it is there. It will also envelop into your existing décor perfectly and you prefer not to conceal it, then you will not have to. With the Power over Ethernet capabilities, you will be able to skip the electric outlet and never have to deal with unruly cables.

The interface is very user-friendly, allowing you to configure and set up the unit without the need to hire a professional. In fact, people with very little knowledge on electronics have been able to complete the processes with ease.

Helpful Software

The EAP Controller Software is designed to allow users to manage their traffic, create a captive portable, monitor statistics, reboot and upgrade their system with ease. To utilize the software, you do not need to pay any additional monthly fees or request IT support. In fact, you can complete the process without any special training or skills. You will be to set up and control unlimited access points from one location.

Create A Secure Connection

The Captive port not only has the ability to improve your network security, but also provides you with the tools need to create and easily control each connection to your network. It works by utilized a customized authentication page and voucher system to offer Wi-Fi guests a branded experience. You will have the option of limiting or advertising network access to others.

Optimal Radio Frequency Performance

There is nothing more frustrating than a poor connection and limited range. Well, both of these issues can be eliminated with just one access point. The Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC is designed to provide optimal radio frequency performance (1), which in turn will ensure a better connection and extended range.

Easy Setup Process

The setup process is simplified to reduce the need to hire an IT professional to save you money in the long run. The instruction guide is very easy to understand and will walk you through the entire process from beginning to end. Regardless, if you are technically or mechanically inclined, you will be able to complete the process in 30 minutes or less.

Superior Range

The Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-LR offers a superior extended range. However, it is important to note that the range can vary from one home to another. Walls, ceilings and other building structures can reduce the Wi-Fi, but this is general with all wireless routers and access points.

Dual Band

The dual band capabilities gives you more control over your Wi-Fi connection. The 2.4Ghz speed is more suitable for surfing the Internet, while the 5Ghz speed is more suitable for streaming live events. If you just utilize the 2.4Ghz for all of your mobile devices and the 5Ghz for your Playstation or Xbox gaming system, where the faster speeds will be needed more.

All Wi-Fi Standards

Another excellent aspect of the UAP-AC-M-PRO-US is the fact that this unit is compatible with all Wi-Fi standards. It works with A, B, G, N, and AC. This guarantees that this unique will work with your device. Whether you’re using a tablet, computer, or a gaming console, you shouldn’t have any problem connecting to the UAP-AC-M.

Compatible With All Standards

First and foremost, you should know that the TERSO is compatible with all Wi-Fi standards. This ensures that it will work fluidly with each and every one of your devices. It works with 8021b, g, n and ac. It is nearly impossible to find a device that will not be compatible with this range extender.

Extends Range

At the end of the day, the entire purpose of this product is to extend your product’s range. The good news is that it can achieve that goal brilliantly! If you’re having signal problems, you’ll absolutely love the TERSO. It can greatly extend your wireless network’s range, so each of your family members get a solid connection.

Ethernet Ports

A wireless connection is generally a good thing, but it is sometimes best to stick with a cable. With an Ethernet cord, you will never have to worry about your speeds or signal. This is one of the best aspects of the NetGear AC1200. This product is equipped with four Ethernet ports. This makes it possible for you to connect your television or gaming console directly to the unit.

Compatible With Many Other Devices

The Securifi Almond is compatible with a variety of other devices. When utilized in range extender mode, it will work with almost any existing router. It will work with routers produced by Belkin, Linksys, Netgear and a variety of other companies. On top of that, this access point can be used with all of your devices, including computers, iPhones, gaming consoles, and so much more. No matter what type of computer or console you have, you can guarantee that you’ll have no trouble using this access point.

Power Over Ethernet

There is a good chance that you’re going to install several different access points in your office or home. If this is the case, you might not be able to access an electric outlet for each and every AP. This can make it difficult to power the unit. And of course, you will not want to run ten miles of cable throughout your home just to power a single AP. The good news is that you can avoid this problem by relying on Power over Ethernet or POE. Most WAP are POE compatible, but some are not.

With Power over Ethernet, you will be able to deliver power to the WAP using nothing more than your Ethernet cable. This will make your life easier, while simultaneously allowing to keep your home uncluttered.

Technical Support

Most people are unfortunately not very tech savvy. This can make it difficult for them, whenever they run into a problem with their router or WAP. The good news is that many companies now offer technical support to consumers that invest in their AP. If you want to avoid a future headache, you should definitely buy a Wireless AP from a company that offers 27/technical support. This will help you troubleshoot problems with little to no effort.

Speed Capabilities

Another important factor to consider is the WAP’s speed capabilities. There is a good possibility that you’ll want to stream videos and music to your computer or tablet. If this is the case, you’ll want the fastest speeds! Make sure you carefully look at the access point’s specifications to see what speeds it can deliver. 1200 Mbps or faster is generally a good choice.

Ubiquiti Networks Enterprise AP Unifi

Ubiquiti Unifi UAP Wireless Access Point/Bridge 11b/g/n enterprise Wi-Fi System.23dBm, Wall/Ceiling (Kits included), 24V 1A PoE Adapter included. It …

TP-Link AC1750 Wireless Wi-Fi Access Point (Supports 802.3AT PoE+, Dual Band, 802.11AC, Ceiling Mount, 3xMIMO Technology) (EAP245)

802.11ac 3xMIMO WiFi Access Point w/ 6x Internal Omni Antennas at dB each. System Requirements-Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, …

Tenda Wireless N300 Access Point, 2.4GHz 300Mbps, 802.11B/g/N, AP/Client/WISP/Repeater, 2X 5dBi, Passive PoE (AP4)

Wireless n speed up to 300Mbps makes it ideal for high bandwidth Consuming or interruption sensitive applications like video streaming, online gaming …

TP-Link N300 Wireless Wi-Fi Nano Travel Router with Range Extender/Access Point/Client/Bridge Modes (TL-WR802N)

Capacity:N300 Travel Router

The pocket-sized TL-WR802N creates a private Wi-Fi hotspot anywhere an Internet connection is available. Powered via a …

Ubiquiti Unifi Ap-AC Lite – Wireless Access Point – 802.1B/A/G/n/AC (UAPACLITEUS)

The UniFi AC Lite AP features the Wi-Fi 802.11AC technology in a refined industrial design and is ideal for cost-effective deployment of …

Linksys Business LAPAC1200 Access Point Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band 2.+ 5GHz AC1200 with PoE

Next Generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac Dual Band (2.GHz + GHz) support Integrated Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Robust and Comprehensive Security IPv…

TP-Link N300 Wireless Wi-Fi Access Point – Supports 802.3af PoE, Ceiling Mount (EAP115)

Up to 300Mbps wireless data rate for uninterrupted wireless connection Free TP-Link Auranet Controller software is able to manage and monitor …

NETGEAR Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless Access Point (WAC104-100NAS)

Ubiquiti Networks Unifi 802.11ac Dual-Radio PRO Access Point (UAP-AC-PRO-US)

Dual-Band Antennas, dBi each Max. Power Consumption: 9W Networking Interface: 10/100/1000 Ethernet Ports Features auto-sensing 802.3af/802.3at …

ONE-TOUCH MANAGEMENT – One-touch installation and management of all your Insight Managed Switches and APs, no additional hardware needed ANYWHERE …

EnGenius Neutron Indoor Managed Ceiling-Mount AP IEEE 802.11AC Wireless Access Point, Ghz, 2.40 Ghz – x Internal Antennas (EWS350AP)

802.11ac Speeds to 86Mbps on GHz; 300 Mbps on 2.GHz At-a-Glance Dashboard With Real-Time Monitoring, Rich Reporting & Analytics Band Steering, …

TP-Link N300 Ceiling Mount Wireless Access Point (EAP110)

EAP Controller Software enables administrators to easily manage hundreds of EAPs Supports passive PoE for convenient installation up to 100meters …

TP-Link AC1200 Wireless Wi-Fi Access Point – Supports 802.3AF PoE, Dual Band, 802.11AC, Ceiling Mount, 2xMIMO Technology (EAP225)

Features 

When it comes to the best Wi-Fi solution for your organisation, a one size fits all model does not work.

The proliferation of Wi-Fi-enabled devices entering the workplace has challenged IT with striking the right balance between usability and security, and often compromising on cost. Subsequently organisations have had to ensure the right BYOD policies are in place to enable workers to be productive, particularly in supporting the apps and devices that allow them to do so. With this change in behaviour comes an expectation that the connectivity provided is inherently reliable, secure and cost-efficient.   

There is also a large shift in WLAN market development from businesses demanding simple, always-on, seamless connectivity most importantly at a competitive price point, to needs that extend far beyond connectivity alone. WLAN’s advancement will offer businesses so much more in terms of data collection and uses for Wi-Fi outside of the norm and businesses and IT managers alike need to seriously consider these needs when choosing Wi-Fi solutions and infrastructure. From here they can then adapt policies to ensure employees are productive but the network remains secure.   

But where do you start? And how do you ensure your investment will cater for the needs of your growing organisation?   

Building a network to last   

With the infrastructure in place, IT needs to ensure the right BYOD policies become commonplace throughout the workforce. This ensures the wireless network has enough capacity for the range of devices attempting to gain access. While 802.11ac has unlocked speeds of Gigabit and beyond, is this enough bandwidth? Explore the various implementations of WLAN architecture and performance optimisation features that are available to you, which can help you determine how to realise the true potential of your infrastructure, and protect future growth within a single site or across multiple geographic locations. 

To have a fast network may be necessary, but to guarantee network uptime is critical. Nine out of organisations consider the use of mobile devices to be either critical or very important to their business processes and productivity. Therefore, the supporting infrastructure must be rock solid, otherwise there is significant impact to the business. It’s important to understand how quickly your business and infrastructure can recover from a service outage or reduction in productivity, in order to have a combative plan in place.   

In order to cope with the influx of devices, IT departments are having to balance flexibility against security in order to meet business needs. There is top down pressure to enable productivity and efficiency at a competitive price point, and mobility is a key part of this. However, for IT to get the job done, the highest levels of security that should be implemented are often neglected in favour of flexibility. 

The doors are now open to BYOD, guests and IoT devices to gain access to the network, but it might not always be clear who’s on when. Selecting an appropriate management platform is crucial to providing visibility and control of which devices are connecting with the network, what applications are being accessed and where they are located.   

Wi-Fi offers a unique opportunity to better connect with people through their mobile device and provide connectivity for network connected systems and sensors that enable intelligent buildings or security systems, all of which can leverage cloud-based analytics engines and applications to increase business intelligence. As organisations seek to increase engagement, productivity and cost savings, these capabilities will become a key part of the WLAN selection criteria for organisations in 201and beyond. 

Convenient Connections

Before the advent of wireless networks, setting up a private network of computers in a home, school, or business usually necessitated crisscrossing many cables through ceilings and walls for complete coverage of all network-enabled devices in a house, school building, or office block.

With the development of the wireless AP technology, far fewer cables are needed, with most of the network-enabled devices been connected wirelessly. The AP is central to this setup, and it works thus: a wired Ethernet connection carries Internet connectivity to the AP, the AP then delivers wireless connections to other devices using radio-frequency links. Thus, in this setup, private network are able to connect to the single wired Ethernet connection entering the AP.

Recent AP models are developed to support a standard that permits exchange of data using radio frequencies. The IEEE stipulates the standards and frequencies used by these AP models. The standards used by most APs are the IEEE 802.1standards.

Robust Network

In an elaborate guise, one wired network could be attached several APs which in turn provide wireless connectivity to a LAN. This setup is typically used in corporate establishments to power the office LAN. For automatic management of this multi-AP setup, a WLAN controller is employed to automatically adjust the RF power, authentication, channels, and security.

In a more complex setup, two or more controllers may be paired together to create a wireless mobility group that permits inter-controller roaming. Furthermore, these controllers may be joined to a mobility domain for continuous clients’ access across regional or large office locations. Because of the automatic functionality of the controllers (as there are automatic re-association and re-authentication), such setups usually mean substantial savings in overhead for administrators, and time for clients.

Home Networks

Home application of APs has skyrocketed in recent years. In most homes, connecting multiple devices to one network usually requires only one access point. However, the gadget that serves the purpose of the AP is a wireless router. A wireless router is a hybrid device that incorporates an AP, and a router. Often, an Ethernet switch is baked in, maybe a broadband modem as well when it comes to the modem router combo. There may also be mini-devices tucked in for extended functionality.

In similitude to the corporate use of multiple APs, two or more homes with their own APs within reach of each other may have their APs connected in a mesh to set up a wireless community network. Although, this set up does not eliminate the need of a wired network, it does create an intra-city communication network with the advantage of increased flexibility over a single AP setup.

Hotspot

In a public setting, perhaps the most widely used application of APs is in creating a hotspot. A hotspot allows wireless devices to connect to the Internet at any time without regard for the particular network that they are using. It has grown considerably in large cities where they are now common.

Often, a combination of establishments, like libraries, coffeehouses, and sometimes privately owned open access points; create a hotspot that permits clients to maintain continuous connection to the Internet while stationary or moving around the local of these establishments. Sometimes, several hotspots may be connected together to create a collection called a lily pad network

Network Arbitrator

One less-used application of an AP is as a network arbitrator. As a network arbitrator, an AP can negotiate with wireless clients that are close enough to transmit. This application is not widely used because most IEEE 802.1networks currently installed are not equipped with this functionality.

Connection Speed

This can also be referred to as the speed of network throughput. This features measures the rate at which data is exchanged. It may be measured in megabits per second (Mbps), kilobits per second (Kbps), or bits per second (bps). In examining the speed, note that Mbps > Kbps > bps. For comparable units of measurement: the higher the value, the better the speed.

Only after accessing the first two features, should you make comparison of the price. Usually, you get what you pay for, so do not expect top speeds on a cheap device. However, you should match the quality of the WAP, with the price and see if you could get a better deal before making a purchase.

Other Features

Occasionally, a wireless access point may incorporate other features that are interesting on paper, but may not match your expectations in real use. For this reason, you should ensure that the important aspects of range, speed, and price matches your need before looking making a purchase decision based on the extra features added.

There are several offerings in the market, but the top WAPs among the lot should have an impressive list of features, long range that matches your need, high speed for intended use, and a good price point. In the chart below, we unveil wireless access points that do well in matching the qualities of an ideal WAP. For the best wireless access points 2015, move on past the table to the next section.  Best Wireless Access Point Reviews

First Impression

Open Mesh has released a few AP models in the past that were average models with no spark of brilliance. The OM2P HS model is an exciting departure from this norm.

The first eye-catching improvement is the support of 802.af PoE, that offers double the power on previous models. Furthermore, the signal from the AP router is steady and strong across long ranges making it ideal for small, medium, and large spaces alike.

Even more impressive is that the OM2P-HS 802.11gn AP Router sports a long list of enterprise-level features in a package that has an unbelievably affordable price tag attached. Robust management of the AP is possible using a cloud-based management system for quick setup and configuration.

Features

These features ensure that the device is easy to setup, and that a robust Wi-Fi network can be configured for continuous use. Additionally, the extra power, dual PoE support, increased dBi levels, and future-proof internals, ensure that this access point router can be used efficiently at home and at a business location including hotels, shopping malls, campgrounds, et cetera.

Conclusively, the top-grade performance and features of the OM2P HS model is available at a mouth-watering price tag, making it the best bargain on this review list.

Performance

With steady network throughput of Mbps at a distance of 1,200 feet, the Mhas one of the top ranges amongst premium wireless access points. Speeds are steady even at long distances.

The NanoStation Mis also able to pinpoint the best available frequencies using a GHz AirView Spectrum Analyzer, and then presenting the information visually to users. This enables users to use the most stable and strongest signal strength available at any point in time.

In all, the Ubiquiti NanoStation Loco Moutshines other WAPs in providing signals with top strength and consistency at long distances. With a bonus of quick setup and extensive controls, this is a premium access point to get you stable super-speed connections.

Lower AC rating

Update: Good news for UK users who’ve been waiting patiently for Google WiFi, as it is now available to buy.

As devices like Netgear Orbi and Eero have showed us: routers and range extenders are over. The future is Wi-Fi mesh or tri-band systems. Naturally, the smart home-obsessed Google is all over it with the eponymous Google Wifi.

As it turns out, Google may very well have crafted the best Wi-Fi mesh system to date. Google’s managed to churn out a system that offers more mesh units than competitors for far less with a focus on dead-simple setup and management. The result? We never want to look at our gateway again. 

We spoke to the project lead of Google Wifi to find out how Google wants to re-invent the router.

Design and setup

Not only does Google have the clear advantage of pricing on its hands, but it also has the best-designed individual units and easiest setup of any offering. Each Google Wifi unit, a tiny, unassuming cylinder with a simple white LED band in its center, is capable of the same functionality.

This means that any of the three units could function as the “router” of the system, while the others can bestow wired internet (which is beamed to the unit wirelessly) with their included Ethernet ports as well as wireless internet. All three units are powered via USB-C.

Setup is as sublime as Google’s hardware design, using a free iOS and Android app to facilitate the process. While we won’t belabor you with the entire procedure, but the app configures your Wi-Fi network by first scanning the QR code on the Wifi Points connected to your modem or gateway and power.

From there, the app tells you to name your network and set a password, then pair the additional Wifi Points and label them in the app for reference. Again, it takes seconds for the “router” to recognize the Wifi Points and for them to begin broadcasting.

But, you’re not going to get the same depth of access as even Netgear Orbi provides, so no band switching for you. However, Google Wifi handles this in the background automatically.

However, the app offers plenty more useful features, like constant monitoring of your network, its Points and the devices connected to it. The app has an included internet speed test similar to that of Ookla’s, a mesh test that measures the health of your Points’ connections as well as a Wi-Fi test that measures your connection strength from within the network. 

You can also prioritize bandwidth to one device for a time, control smart home devices and pause internet access to certain devices in a family setting – all from within this app.

By far, this is the most complete and elegant suite of control settings we’ve seen from a Wi-Fi mesh system so far, despite its lack of dropdown boxes and toggles.

We disliked

While there isn’t much to gripe about regarding Google Wifi, some might like finer control over Wi-Fi settings, like controlling which bands are broadcast and when. Also, as it uses AC1200 technology, Google Wifi isn’t capable of the AC3000 or even AC2200 throughput that Netgear Orbi and Linksys Velop are, respectively, which might turn off those paying big for super-fast internet speeds.

Controller Capabilities

When evaluating any product that claims to deliver WLAN Controller functionality, what are the key capabilities and features that should be considered?

AP discovery and provisioning: Most enterprise WLAN Controllers use discovery protocols like CAPWAP to let APs find nearby Controllers, join a WLAN, and be automatically provisioned for operation. Additional capabilities may include support for AP load balancing, Controller clustering, and “zero touch” AP deployment aids.

Radio resource management: WLAN Controllers can usually assign channels to APs statically and dynamically in response to co-channel and RF interference. Controllers may also adjust transmit power to reduce interference and optimize cell size. Further capabilities may include algorithms to fill coverage holes when an AP goes down, minimize impact of channel changes on real-time applications like voice, and AP-based RF spectrum analysis.

Authentication: WLAN Controllers often support a variety of authentication methods, from MAC ACLs and captive portal web login to user/group PSKs and 802.1X, by consulting a local user database or enterprise directory. Additional capabilities may include guest management, PSK rotation, RADIUS accounting, NAC integration and session admission limits or load balancing.

Encryption and Roaming: WLAN Controllers frequently play an on-going role in 802.11i security through pairwise master key caching or opportunistic key caching, helping clients to roam faster between APs under the same Controller. Many products also support secure layer mobility by letting clients roam across subnets without session disruption by tunneling their data through and between Controller(s).

Firewall and VLAN: WLAN Controllers can often enforce centrally-defined policies related to traffic inspection and segmentation, such as controlling traffic allowed to pass between WLAN segments and the core network or mapping WLAN traffic onto VLAN trunks. Additional capabilities may include SSID and/or RADIUS-based VLAN tag assignment, role-based traffic inspection, and traffic reporting.

Quality of Service: WLAN Controllers may enforce centrally-defined policies related to 802.11e WMM QoS prioritization and admission, 802.1p/DSCP QoS mapping, traffic shaping, and bandwidth management. Some enterprise Controllers offer application-aware QoS capabilities, such as proprietary voice prioritization protocols or multicast optimizations for video.

Surveillance: Most enterprise WLAN Controllers play a role in AP fault and security surveillance. For example, Controllers may report on the operational status of APs through a local GUI, to an upstream WLAN Manager, or both. They may also report on nearby rogue APs which have been detected by authorized APs that perform periodic or background channel scans. Additional capabilities may include integrated Wireless Intrusion Prevention (WIPS) or AP-based network troubleshooting.

Built-in network services: Some Controllers provide built-in network services, such as DNS, DHCP, FTP, or VPN. Such services can turn a WLAN Controller into a complete “branch in a box” solution by eliminating external dependencies. Some Controllers can also be used to host higher-level mobility services like locationing.

Integrated network hardware: Some Controllers incorporate wired or wired network devices, such as 3G WAN cards, 802.11n APs, or Ethernet switches. For example, 3G may be included for high-availability (failover from LAN to WAN uplink). Integrating an AP and a few Ethernet ports not unusual for an entry level / branch office Controller.

Example Products

According to Gartner, 2010’s top-selling wireless LAN infrastructure vendors were Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks, and Motorola Solutions. Other vendors offering enterprise WLAN Controllers which fit into this category include Meru Networks, 3Com, Enterasys, Ruckus, Juniper (Trapeze), Xirrus, and Bluesocket. Note that a few vendors have also begun to offer WLAN Controller “cloud” services, including Meraki and D-Link (PowerCloud).

To better illustrate the breadth of products in this category, EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet will profile a few WLAN Controller products lines over the next few weeks, including the Motorola RFS 4000 Integrated Services Controller, Aruba 600 Series Branch Office Controllers, and Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controllers. So stay tuned!

Lisa Phifer owns Core Competence, a consulting firm focused on business use of emerging network and security technologies. An avid fan of all things wireless and frequent contributor to Wi-Fi Planet, Lisa has reviewed, deployed, and tested 802.1products for nearly a decade.

Netgear N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender Diagram

Some wireless extenders will extend the network under a different SSID (though the main router still handles DHCP, so all devices are still on the local network). For example, the SSID from the router might be “Audioholics,” but the SSID from the extender is “Audioholics_extended”. Other extenders operate under the same SSID as the router, so users never have to worry about switching between wireless networks as it’s done seamlessly. We tend to prefer using the same SSID to create a more seamless experience. It’s also best to match the wireless capabilities of the extender and the router. For example, if you have a dual band router, get a dual band extender.

Before installing a range extender, you will want to set your router to a fixed channel instead of auto. When the main router is set to auto channel scan and switches to a new channel, the extender can lose the signal momentarily. We actually recommend using a fixed channel in all of the options outlined in this guide.

Wireless extenders work well in situations where you only to reach one additional floor or only a few more rooms. We generally do

RE1000 and RE2000.

They are small, can be plugged directly into an outlet (wall-wart) or used with an included power cable for more ideal placement. They also have an Ethernet port built-in so they can be used as a wireless bridge for non-wireless devices.

If you decide to go the wireless extender route, the setup is very similar to what’s covered our wireless bridge article. The setup can vary from one manufacturer to another, but is usually very simple. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you could try to install the dd-wrt firmware on a spare router and convert it to a range extender, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.

Existing electrical wiring

Sometimes these systems come as a complete kit (WiFi extender built into the Ethernet over powerline receiver), like the Linksys

PLWK400 pictured above. In this scenario, the setup is nearly identical to that of a basic wireless range extender we have previously covered. There’s just one extra step. You need to connect the sending unit to the main router via an

Ethernet cable and power on both the router and sending unit before setting up the wireless extender. For best results, plug both units directly into a wall outlet, instead of a surge protector. Note that the electrical wiring used by the sender and receiver needs to be connected to the same breaker box.

Alternatively, you can buy a standalone Ethernet over powerline kit and pair it with a separate wireless access point. In this scenario, hook up the power line kit as outlined here, and follow the steps outlined below to set up a generic WAP.

Example Main Router and WAP Settings

Next, disconnect your computer from the router by unplugging the Ethernet cable connecting the two or disabling your wireless adapter. Unbox the WAP, power it on and connect it to your computer via

Ethernet. Log in to the WAP. You will need to look at the included instruction manual to see how to login to the WAP. Once you are in, set the operation mode to Access Point (option may not be available if it can’t do anything else, like be a wireless bridge)/ Next, set the wireless SSID, encryption, and password to match the settings on the router. Set the wireless channel to something different than the main router. Assign the WAP an IP address outside the DHCP range of the router, but within the subnet (2nd to last number in the IP address). Using the example above, we could set the IP address of the

WAP to anything between 192.168.0.and 192.168.0.9Save the settings.

DHCP Disabled

The last step is to turn off DHCP on the 2nd router, making it WAP with built-in switch. Disable DHCP and save the settings.

Now you need to connect an Ethernet cable from an open LAN port on the back of the main router to an open LAN port on the back of the 2nd router.

Make sure you are using a LAN port on the second router, not the WAN port you would normally use if it were the DHCP server for the network.

Now it’s time to test everything out. You should be able to access either router by using its IP address. Again, we recommend using inSSIDER to verify everything is working properly. If the above instructions were confusing, check out this guide, by Linksys, about cascading routers.

Pull Quote

You should get our pick if you already own a dual-stream wireless-ac router and need to give a few extra rooms the best Wi-Fi connection they can get.

Instead, first you should make sure your router is near the center of your living space and out in the open, not hidden in a closet or behind a desk. If you’ve been using the same wireless router for years, consider upgrading to a better one, such as our pick for the best Wi-Fi router. A new 802.11ac router should provide a better range and faster connections than your old router, and if you have wireless-ac devices, you’ll enjoy improved performance at the fringes of your router’s signal thanks to wireless-ac’s extra bandwidth.

If you still can’t get a signal where you need it, consider running an Ethernet cable directly from your router to your device’s Ethernet port (if it has such a port) or to a Wi-Fi access point or a router set up as one.

You should get our pick if you already own a dual-stream wireless-ac router and need to give a few extra rooms the best Wi-Fi connection they can get. It’s great for high-bandwidth activities such as HD movie streaming and file sharing at the fringes of your extended network, but it’s overkill if you need only a basic Wi-Fi connection for simpler devices such as your smart thermostat.

How we picked

We tested a mix of wall-plug extenders and larger extenders that come with their own power cables. The extenders we tested also had a variety of antenna configurations.

We’ve previously used extender reviews and performance rankings from CNET, PCMag, SmallNetBuilder, and Tom’s Guide to generate our list of contenders. For our recent update, in addition to considering reviews, we looked at any N600 or AC1200-plus extender from any major manufacturer (3in all). We eliminated models that we had already ruled out in previous versions of this guide, as well as extenders that cost too much more than our current best Wi-Fi router pick, since you could always just buy another one of those to use as an access point. This process took us down to 1contenders, and we tested every single one.

How we tested

Whether you’ll get better wireless performance from a 2.4GHz or 5GHz backhaul depends on your router’s capabilities, how far away your extender is, what’s between your extender and your router, what kinds of devices you’re connecting to your extender, and how many other Wi-Fi signals are in the area. I default to the 5GHz band because its data rate is roughly triple that of the 2.4GHz band, making it a much better backhaul for wireless-ac routers and extenders—and the only way to get the best speed for wired devices connected to your extender.

For the tests, I connected an Asus ZenBook UX305LA (which uses two-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi) to each extender from two locations, both 4feet away from the extender. One location had an unobstructed view of the extender, while the other had walls, furniture, and various other objects in the way.

I had to use every available inch of my house to have enough range to test our wireless extenders.

I tested the extenders using iPerf3, a network monitoring and measuring tool, to evaluate data transfers between a desktop PC (connected to the router via Gigabit Ethernet) and our test laptop. The extenders used their default wireless channels for their extended Wi-Fi networks. I forced each extender to use 20MHz channels on the 2.4GHz band, which a good extender should use instead of 40MHz channels when it detects competing Wi-Fi networks.

Each iPerftest attempted to transfer as much data as possible from the test laptop to the desktop PC (via a single TCP connection). I let 1seconds elapse before recording the average transfer speed across 60 one-second intervals, and I ran each test for each extender, on each band, at each test location.

The TP-Link RE450 will eat up most of your wall socket when you plug it in—the price you pay for great Wi-Fi range.

The TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450 is the best wireless extender for most people because it offers incredible performance at long range and supports the fastest wireless speeds of most devices you’re likely to own, even if you have a MacBook Pro. It was the only extender that hit triple-digit speeds on our easier long-range 5GHz test, and its long-range 2.4GHz performance was better than that of everything else we tested. This model is simple to set up, and it has a few useful features within its easy-to-navigate user interface.

On all of our long-range tests, the RE450 outperformed the 1other extenders we recently evaluated. On the 2.4GHz band, TP-Link’s extender was 3percent faster than average on our easier line-of-sight test and 4percent faster on our walls-and-obstacles, long-distance test.

Since we connected the extender to the router on the 5GHz band, we wouldn’t normally connect devices to the extender’s 5GHz Wi-Fi due to the performance hit. Though the RE450 struggled on 5GHz at our hardest test location (as most of our extenders did), it was almost twice as fast as the average on our long-range, line-of-sight test. (The extender’s 5GHz performance was even faster than its 2.4GHz performance at this location.)

In each of our tests, the RE450 had not just the best performance of any of the extenders in the group, but also the best price-to-performance ratio. You spend about as much for the RE450 as you would for our best Wi-Fi router pick, but you get proportionate speed and range—the most of any extender we’ve recently tested.

You can use the extender’s giant WPS button to automatically connect it to your router (which extends your 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi by default, using the same SSIDs and passwords as your router uses). Otherwise, the RE450’s simple interface walks you through connecting the RE450 to your existing Wi-Fi network and setting up the extender’s Wi-Fi networks. These networks can have the same SSIDs and passwords as your router’s, or different ones. (The first option is more convenient, but the second option allows you to be sure that you’re connected to the extender rather than to your router.)

Once you’ve done that, a light on the front of the RE450 indicates whether it’s getting a good connection to your router at the extender’s current location. If the light is blue, you’re fine. If it’s red, move the extender closer to your router; doing so should improve the connection between the two and thus improve the speeds of devices you connect to the extender.

The RE450 has a single Gigabit Ethernet port, which you can use to connect a wired device (such as a desktop computer, a DVR, or a game console) to your extender. Gigabit Ethernet is the fastest wired connection you can have, and it’ll ensure that you get the best connection speeds for your wired device. You can also run an Ethernet cable from your router to the RE450 to use it as a wired access point, giving it a much better and faster connection to your router than using Wi-Fi. (TP-Link added this feature in a firmware update after our initial tests.)

The settings screen of the RE450 has a few noteworthy features. You can limit the devices connected to the extender by blacklisting (or whitelisting) them from a list of currently connected devices, and you can set these permissions for specific dates and times—so you can prevent a child’s iPad from connecting to the Internet after p.m. on a school night, for example. If you find the extender’s bright front lights bothersome, you can also schedule them to turn off at a certain time every day (such as at bedtime).

Flaws but not dealbreakers

The biggest issue with the RE450 is its size. It’s huge. If you plug it into a wall outlet, you’ll still be able to fit a normal plug into the outlet below it, but bigger devices (such as a night-light or a power strip) likely won’t have room.

We like extenders with lots of Gigabit Ethernet ports, but the single Gigabit port on the RE450 is typical for a wall-plug extender. This extender doesn’t have any USB ports, which can be useful for sharing or streaming media on a home network. Most routers have such ports and few people use them, so this omission isn’t a huge deal.

For home offices and entertainment centers

Linksys’s RE6500 isn’t as convenient as a wall-plug extender, but it has more Gigabit Ethernet ports and doesn’t take up much space on a coffee table or shelf.

If our pick is sold out or unavailable, or if you have a lot of wired devices that need access to your home network, the Linksys AC1200 Max Wi-Fi Range Extender RE6500 is an excellent alternative. In our tests it gave us around three-fourths the speed of our primary pick; of all the wireless-ac extenders we recently tested, however, it had the second-fastest average speeds and the second-best price-to-performance ratio. In addition, it won’t block an extra wall outlet, it has three more Gigabit Ethernet ports than our pick, and its user interface is more helpful for people with less networking experience.

Unlike TP-Link’s RE450 but like almost every other extender we tested, the RE6500 struggled on our long-distance, no-line-of-sight test. In contrast, it posted the second-best performance on our 5GHz line-of-sight test. Even given the performance penalty that comes from using the same band for all of the extender’s connections, its 5GHz performance at this location was 6percent faster than its 2.4GHz connection.

You can also connect speakers or headphones to a 3.mm audio port on the back of this Linksys extender and play music via DLNA/UPnP. We had no issue selecting the extender as a speaker on an iPhone and streaming music from both Apple’s Music app and Spotify.

The Spot Finder feature in the RE6500’s configuration screen isn’t as good as having LED lights on the extender to help you determine the right distance from your router, but it is easy to use.

The competition

The Asus RP-N5Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Range Extender was our budget alternative after our last round of testing. Since it’s an N600 extender, not a wireless-ac extender, it ranged from percent to 6percent slower than the TP-Link RE450 in our testing (using a wireless-ac laptop). Even so, the RP-N5was still fast enough to provide a good connection for Web browsing and 1080p Netflix streaming at long range, and typically it’s half the price of the RE450. You can also use the RP-N5as a wired access point by running a cable to its single Fast Ethernet port, and it even doubles as a touch-sensitive night-light. Asus offers a one-year warranty for parts and labor, as well. But it has become increasingly difficult to find in stock.

Our former runner-up pick, the D-Link DAP-1650, performed well on our new batch of tests. Its price-to-performance ratio wasn’t as good as that of our primary pick or our new runner-up, though, and both of those extenders performed better on most of our tests. This AC1200 extender can double as a wired access point, and it has four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back as well as a single USB 2.0 port.

D-Link’s DAP-1620 is like a smaller, plug-in version of the company’s DAP-1650. Whereas the DAP-1650 is faster on wireless-ac at long range, the AC1200 DAP-1620 is smaller and more portable. It has only one Gigabit Ethernet port, however, and it didn’t outperform our primary pick or our runner-up on most of our tests.

The Amped Wireless REC22A performed decently on our benchmarks. This AC1200 extender’s 2.4GHz speeds were close to our primary pick’s, but its 5GHz speeds were 60 percent to 70 percent slower at long distance—slower than its 2.4GHz speeds, too. That was more of a performance hit than we were expecting given how much bandwidth wireless-ac has available. This model offers one Gigabit Ethernet port but can’t function as a wired access point.

Netgear’s EX6150 and Asus’s RP-AC56, both plug-in AC1200 extenders, performed similarly on our testing—both gave us a good long-range 2.4GHz connection that was nowhere near as fast as our primary pick’s speed. The RP-AC56’s 5GHz performance was great when our laptop had a direct line of sight to the extender; when it didn’t have one, we couldn’t get a working connection at all.

Our previous extender pick, the Netgear EX6200, offered decent performance on our new long-range line-of-sight tests but was about half as fast as our new pick on our more difficult long-range test (with walls and other objects between the test laptop and the extender). If you already own this model, you don’t need to buy a new extender unless you aren’t getting the range and speed you want in your specific setup.

The Trendnet TEW-822DRE provided merely average performance on most of our benchmarks, though it excelled at our hardest long-distance test on the 5GHz band. We found its setup process odd, as it requires you to first flick the device from “off” into “extender” mode using a tiny button on its side (it also has an access-point mode). The extender uses the same SSID for its 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks, and it gives you no way to assign specific output channels.

The Linksys RE4100W almost became our budget pick. It was about even with Asus’s RP-N5on our tests, though it didn’t seem to obey coexistence rules (running 40MHz channels even when competing WI-Fi networks overlapped). We appreciate this model’s simple design and UI; the RP-N5just has more features for roughly the same price.

Storage

With the iPod classic now a distant memory those wanting a large amount of storage on their iPod will find the options rather limiting.

The iPod shuffle is available with a rather humble 2GB of storage, while the iPod nano boasts a more spacious 16GB. It’s worth bearing in mind that this means the shuffle can hold around 450 songs encoded at 128kbps, with the nano’s 16GB topping out at around the 4,000 mark.

The only model to go higher than 16GB is the iPod touch which is available in 16, 32, 64, and 128GB variants. While it’s not quite the mammoth 160GB capacity of the iPod classic, it should still offer enough room for the vast majority of user, plus as you will see if you read on, it has a lot more to offer than the classic ever did.

And bear in mind that the true storage capacity of an iOS device such as the iPod touch is less than the advertised capacity.

Battery Life iPods may not have the same always-on nature of smartphones, but battery life is still an important factor for any electronic device. You might think that the iPod shuffle would win this category due to the lack of a power-sapping screen, its diminutive size though means that it lasts for only 1hours. This loses out to the nano which goes for around 30 hours, and the iPod touch – which houses the largest battery in the range – holding out for a massive 40 hours of listening time.

If you watch video though, things immediately change, with the nano affording 3.hours and the touch reducing to hours.

Interestingly, while Apple is claiming the 201iPod touch offers improved battery life the figures are exactly the same as previously.

Only the iPod touch offers a camera. This is an 8MP camera similar to that inside the iPhone. You’ll get the same camera features such as slow-mo video and burst mode shooting (you won’t get time lapse though). 

Both the iPod touch and the iPod nano can play video, but the iPod touch offers a lot more flexibility, and a bigger screen. 

To watch video on the nano you will need to copy episodes of your favourite TV shows or films on to the device. The iPod touch, on the other hand, can stream from the iTunes Store or play video via any app you have.

The iPod nano offers an FM radio and will play up to 4,000 tunes you have loaded onto it. The shuffle can store 450 songs encoded at 128kbps.

Fingerprint Access

Stand-Alone Locks as the name implies are an “all-in-one” access control system for a single-door. The lock powered by replaceable internal batteries can be unlocked by keypad, proximity card or a combination. The advantages of stand-alone locks are they can be installed and operational in minutes. Some offer hand-held readers that extract the audit trail from the lock. The disadvantages of stand-alone locks are they are stand-alone and not part of a broader network.

Proximity readers are the most popular option in commercial access control. They are easy to use, and when cards are lost, it is a simple matter to deactivate them and issue new ones. They can also be combined with photo IDs for additional security. Proximity cards, which can work from one inch to three feet from a sensor, are the most common. Because there is no contact between the card and reader, they are very reliable and suffer little wear and tear. They are also inexpensive. A specialized type of proximity card is the automobile tag, which allows access to a parking facility without requiring the driver to open their window or get out of the car. Automobile tags can work at hundreds of feet away from a sensor. Security access systems can use magnetic stripe or barcode cards, as well, and these can be a money‐saving option if you already use one of these technologies for employee ID cards.

Keyswitches offer electronic auditing through a network while continuing to use a physical key to activate the lock. are common for single door security access and less expensive systems. They are easy to use but less secure, since users have a tendency to write down the entry code or to “lend” it to others. They also do not provide detailed audit trails until you provide unique codes to each individual.

Biometric systems rely on physical characteristics of the users for identification such as fingerprints, handprints, or even retinal scans. They are by far the most secure methods of access control. However, they are also considerably more expensive and can seem invasive to employees forced to use them constantly. Early models proved less unreliable outdoors, so they were not recommended for exterior security access.

To ensure free pass to exit a secure door, all locking systems include a quick exit device. Examples include; push-to-exit buttons, request-to exit bars, motion detectors, emergency (break-glass) exit and Time delayed exit. These buttons are mounted in the interior, on the casing surrounding the door (mullion mount) or on a wall near the door (gang mount). Examples of Egress Device types follow. ‘Clicking’ on any of the device photos will open a new window with direct access to pricing, and product datasheets for further and more detailed reference.

Push-To-Exit Buttons as the name implies Push-To-Exit buttons are wall mounted near the exit point and contain directions on a large green or red button. Depressing the button releases the door.

Push Bars attach across the inside of the door at the height of the door latch. You exit the door by pressing against the bar. The action of pressing the bar releases the latch and the door opens.

Emergency Exits attach on a wall near the exit point. Emergency exits are available is two general types, the first is a ‘break-glass’ model. To gain exit, you break the glass face. The action depresses a button inside the switch and releases the door. The second type uses a pull down handle to release the door.

Motion Sensors function by detecting a vehicle or person approaching an exit and unlock the door. In addition to motion sensors, several other type of free exit systems are available including: loop detectors and photo cells or beams

Delayed Egress function by starting a timer once the device is activated. Delayed egress can include voice commands and sounds explaining the door will open in ‘x’ seconds. For example, once depressed. a delayed egress can count down from 1seconds to zero and then release the latch opening the door. Delayed egress devices provide the emergency opening functional of a free exit system while providing a delay for enhanced security.

In all locking systems, the locking device represents the physical security barrier. Locking devices include Magnetic Locks (Maglocks), Electric strikes, Deadbolts, Magnetic Shear Locks and Electrified locksets. These devices are mounted on the door and door casing. Examples of Locking Device types follow. ‘Clicking’ on any of the device photos will open a new window with direct access to pricing, and product datasheets for further and more detailed reference.

Lockset

Magnetic Locks electromagnetic lock, magnetic lock, or maglock is a locking device that consists of an electromagnet and armature plate. By attaching the electromagnet to the door frame and the armature plate to the door, a current passing through the electromagnet attracts the armature plate holding the door shut. Unlike an electric strike a magnetic lock has no interconnecting parts and is therefore less suitable for super high security applications because it is possible to bypass the lock by disrupting the power supply. Nevertheless, the strength of today’s magnetic locks compares well above that of conventional door locks and they cost less than conventional light bulbs to operate. Power supplies incorporating a trickle-charged lead-acid battery pack should be used to retain security for short-term power outages. Magnetic locks possess a number of advantages over conventional locks and electric strikes. For example, their durability and quick operation can make them valuable in a high-traffic office environment where electronic authentication is necessary.

Choosing a Door Access Control Manufacturer and Vendor

As with any major business purchase, it is worth taking the time to ask a lot of questions when choosing an access control manufacturer and support vendor. You want a vendor who is large enough to be stable and provide timely customer support when you need it, yet small enough to be responsive to your needs. Flexibility is also important: the vendor should be able to adjust to your specific requirements. The best vendors will ask you questions as well. They will walk you through the specification process and help you design the solution that best fits your needs. They do not need to see your facility, but they may ask you to send digital pictures of specific entry points. Avoid vendors who have the perfect system for you; after five minutes of conversation; and by the way, it is on sale this week only!

Most access control vendors work with a wide range of customers, but you should look for one that has experience in your industry. In particular, do not work with a company that handles mostly residential systems: for your business, you need commercial‐grade access control. Many manufacturers produce residential versions that are considerably cheaper; but they are not as reliable and not built for the same amount of use as commercial systems. Also, look for a vendor who supports multiple brands of hardware. Access control hardware is fairly standardized and will work with most controllers. However, controllers and software are more specialized, so make sure the dealer you choose has significant experience supporting the brands you decide on. Factory certification from manufacturers indicates a greater level of training and support, but it is not essential

Integration and Installation

In addition to providing you with the right products, the vendor you choose will also be responsible for providing going support and helping to integrate it with any other related systems you have. There is no real standard for connectivity between access control and alarms, time and attendance and video surveillance, so there will always be some additional custom work involved in creating links between these systems. Most important, there are local and national codes governing the types of locks and hardware that can be used on fire and exit doors, so make sure you are familiar with the ordinances in your area.

Reuse equipment

Do not overbuy – Securing door after door inside your facility is likely to frustrate employees more than increase security. Do not feel like you have to include every door in a security access control system: a mix of card access and plain old keys is often the best combination. Focus your access control points on the perimeter of your building.

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Selecting Wireless Access Points For The Enterprise

The humble wireless access point is a workhorse of today’s enterprise network. See how models from Cisco, HP, Aruba, Aerohive, Xirrus, and Ruckus compare.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

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Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

Are you in need of wireless connectivity? Our report examines a selection of access points from major vendors to help you find the right APs to keep your network humming along.

Wireless access has changed the workplace dramatically in just a few short years. And if you’re building out or upgrading access networks, you very easily could be using only wireless access points (APs) connecting to a wired backbone.

So it’s crucial that the APs you select do the job you need. The AP acts as a central transmitter and receiver of wireless radio signals, which then usually connects to a hub, switch, or router via a wired network -– at least somewhere down the line. There are different types of APs with differing radios, antennas, and performance rates, so you’ll need to do your homework.

The predominant WiFi standard now in the market is IEEE 802.11ac, which brought several improvements over its predecessor, 802.11n. However, many businesses have 802.11n APs in service and are slowly upgrading to the newer standard. Major benefits of 802.11ac include:

In addition to carpeted office environments, wireless LAN connectivity and access points are gaining in popularity in many locations where they serve specific purposes, such as:

Distributed or branch office locations: Secure wireless access to corporate resources improves productivity, reduces switch port and cabling costs, and brings branch offices online inexpensively.

Campus: Wireless communications enhance parent-teacher communication and campus-wide school safety while easily addressing classroom connectivity requirements.

Healthcare: Wi-Fi enables fast access to electronic patient records, improves staff communication, and speeds up delivery of medical images.

Retail: Wireless access allows customized service closer to the customer. Retail analytics included in access points and sensors also enable retailers to gain insight into customer experiences and deliver marketing promotions.

Manufacturing and distribution: Wireless enables distributed communications in a multiple geographically distributed sites that require accurate inventory to function.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Access Points by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Access Points wisely! Good luck!

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