Wireless access points are network hardware that are designed to help boost WiFi signal within a specific zone or specific area, enabling computing devices within range to connect to the internet.
How does access points work?
WiFi access points are installed within network environment and connects to a router. Most professional Wireless network installation are hard wired vis Ethernet cable (normally Cat6, Cat6a or Cat7) for connectivity. Some access points support 'fully-wireless mesh' configuration - without the need for cables.
Some network hardware designs integrate the access point within the router as a single entity. This integrated WIFI design is common in most router supplied as part of a broadband contract with your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Is an access point the same as a WiFi booster?
There are distinct physical and performance differences between access point and WiFi boosters.
Wireless booster goes by many names, including WiFi extenders, repeaters or powerline adapters. Booster attempts to amplify WLAN signal range coming from your router, but can sometimes make matters worse, resulting in patchy signals and dead spots in areas of the building. Most wireless boosters are affected by signal interference and power fluctuations in electrical lines. Tests have shown that some boosters generate unwanted noise (harmonics) that hamper overall network performance.
WiFi access points are designed to overcome the flaws presented by powerline adapters. They broadcast strong internet signal within dedicated locations when connected to your network. Most of these access points (APs) operate within a mesh arrangement and take internet signal directly from your router and redistribute it throughout your home or office wirelessly. Combining specialist wireless installation with fast internet speed, most APs can seamlessly broadcast near full-broadband throughput within your home or business environment when configured properly.
Who are acces points for?
Access points have a wide variety of use and us suitable practically any environment that requires fast and reliable WiFi network connectivity, especially where multiple devices or users exist.
With the demand for WiFi installation growing rapidly, many homes and businesses are now making use of access points to support device connectivity, reliable internet speed remote working.
There's a growing trend where WiFi router provided by ISP for wireless internet access are being extended with mesh access points. Many businesses have more robust networking environment and separate WiFi networking hardware for better performance and easier maintenance. Modularised access points can accommodate more users compared to all-in-one router-switch network devices.
Network assessment revealed that some of lower grade WiFi router often struggle when more than seven simultaneous devices are connected on the network. In these scenarios, having a dedicated WiFi access points installation that can handle hundreds and even thousands help to overcome these challenges.
With smart homes, wire-free home offices and business IT support on the rise, the need for having a professional wireless network solution is on the rise and may it may not be too long before you too are part of this journey.
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