What is Wireless Access Point (WAP)
Wireless Access Points (WAP) is used in office environments to offer network connectivity, allowing employees to move around and work within the office environment with network access. WAPs are also used widely to provide wireless Internet access in public spots such as cafes, bars, restaurants, airports and other commercial/public centres.
Also known to the layman as Wi-Fi, WAPs are often regarded in the context of the 802 series wireless standards. A host of other wireless standards have been introduced, however in most situations the terms Wi-Fi hotspot and WAP are synonymous.
In computer networking, a Wireless Access Point relates to a device component that allows other Wi-Fi devices to connect to a wired network. As a standalone device, the Access Point (AP) could have a wired connection to a router. In a wireless router, it can also serve as an integral component of the router.
An AP works by connecting directly to a wired local area network, typically Ethernet. The AP then enables wireless connections using wireless LAN technology, typically Wi-Fi, so that other devices have access to that wired connection. APs allows multiple wireless devices to be connected through one wired connection.
How to Choose The Best Wireless Access Point in Malaysia?
With the rise of smarter smartphones, people expect better internet connections and speed. This has in turn resulted in an increasing number of wireless coverage programs. All this development may add more confusion in deciding on the appropriate Wireless Access Point. Here are a few pointers to help you decide:
The span of range is a key consideration when deciding on a WAP. WAPs that come with range improvements are preferred as it minimises the amount of access points and therefore associated costs. Basically, having adequate range brings down overall expenses because less access points will be required.
Speed is the rate of information moving in and out, and is usually measured in bps (but per second), kilobits, megabits or gigabits. Wireless AP can have speeds from 300Mbps and above if the precise 802.11n protocol is being supported, which is six times faster than 802.11n. WAP supporting 802.11ac protocol can reach 1200Mbps.
A higher price does not necessarily equate to a better WAP, on the other hand you should not be lured by lower WAP prices, as that may result in inferior-quality or imitation products. The idea is to look for WAP brands that are credible, with the performance specifications that meet your requirements.
WAP may offer more features than you necessarily need for your environment. Be sure to know what you need the most, then do some research on the devices you are considering. Bps and range are specs you want to take into considerations before making your purchase.
Capacity of AP means the number of users the device can support without slacking in performance. Capacity is a big consideration when deciding on the right WAP device. Look for the specific number of users a WAP device is capable of supporting.
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
PoE offers proven benefits. If PoE matches and supports WAPs, this would make installation more simpler, reduce costs, and save data and power cables separately for each network device.
WAPs have antennas built-in, unlike routers that have external antennas. Pick a WAP that has a gain antenna. This is essential as it will directly affect the signal strength of the WAP and its range of transmission.
Access Point vs Router
A router is basically a hub that manages a local area network and all the devices connected to it as well as communication that is happening. An access point is a sub-device within the local area network that provides another location for devices to connect from and enables more devices to be on the network.
The benefit of a Wireless Access Point
A wireless access point adds Wi-Fi capability to your existing wired network by bridging traffic from wireless stations into wired LAN. The wireless AP works as a stand-alone device and can also act as a component for a router.
Generally speaking, a wireless AP enables devices that don’t have an inbuilt Wi-Fi connection to access a wireless network with the aid of an Ethernet cable. On top of that a WAP allows you to extend the wireless coverage for your existing network, if you require more access in the future for more employees/users.
Aruba Access Points
Aruba access points give you maximum deployment flexibility in a broad range of wireless LAN environments, whether it is for a central or remote site, locations with more than one Wi-Fi clients, both indoors and outdoors, and even coarse industrial type of work environments.
Working with Aruba Mobility Controllers, these centrally managed single- and multi-radio APs provide zero-touch configuration and automatic software updates. Multifunctional Aruba APs perform spectrum analysis to mitigate Wi-Fi interference, air monitoring to ensure wireless security, and operate as Remote APs (RAPs) or as part of a secure enterprise mesh.
Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi Access Points
Aruba 802.11ac wireless access points offer you superb Wi-Fi performance – it can be deployed as controller-managed or controllerless Aruba Instant APs. Our newest Wave 2 APs deliver super fast 11ac speeds with a HPE Smart Rate multi-gig uplink to pump-up your network performance, especially in high-density environments where you need it the most.