In computer networking, a wireless access point (WAP), or more generally just an access point (AP), is a networking hardware device that allows other Wi-Fi devices to connect to a wired network. The AP usually connects to a router (via a wired network) as a standalone device, but it can also be an integral component of the router itself.
Wireless access is a delicate situation and has special security considerations. Many wired networks base the security on physical access control, trusting all the local network users. Still, if a wireless access point is connected to the system, anybody within range of the AP (which typically extends farther than the intended area) can attach to the network. Contact Mathews IT to ensure that your wireless network is not a weak leak in your security.
Wi-Fi technology has improved dramatically in recent years, but it’s not one-size-fits-all, especially for businesses. Large office spaces with heavy traffic typically utilize Wi-Fi access points, while small offices with limited users are more likely to have Wi-Fi routers and range extenders. Let’s take a look at how their features compare to find the best Wi-Fi solution for you.
While range extenders are great for home Wi-Fi networks, they’re not efficient for modern businesses because they can only support a limited number of devices at one time, usually no more than 20. While range extenders increase the coverage of a Wi-Fi router, they do not increase its available bandwidth. Depending on the number of devices you have connected simultaneously, a range extender could end up weighing down your connection.
Access points, on the other hand, can handle over 60+ simultaneous connections each. By installing access points throughout the office, users can roam freely from room to room without experiencing network interruptions. As they move through the building, their devices shift seamlessly from one access point to the next without dropping the connection—they won’t even realize they’re switching between networks.
Contact us today for more information on how Mathews IT can increase your wireless network signal and throughput so you can work anywhere in your office, on any device – safely and securely.