Implementing A Wireless Access Point
Wireless Access Point:
Wi-Fi access points provide a point of entry for data to enter a wired network.
It wasn’t till the mid 1990’s when the first wireless enabled networking products started showing up based upon soon to be announced 802.11a and 802.11b wireless network standards by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers or IEEE for short.
When wireless access technology was first used by consumers to enhance the capability of their wired network, it was mostly connected and stacked right on top of the existing wired router.
It’s main function and purpose was as its name implies a wireless access point of entry to the local network.
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- Setting Up A Wi-Fi Access Point
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- Wireless Router AP
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- Portable Wireless Access Points
- Wireless Router Repeater
- Best Priced Access Points
The WAP legacy:
As the new technological sensation grew in popularity, the 802.11 wireless standards started being implemented directly into the routers themselves, and the wireless access point router was born.
As newer wireless routers emerged, they played the role of both router and access point.
The old faithful wired router with its WAP counterpart soon found its new resting place in the back of the bedroom closet collecting dust.
Soon after wireless enabled products expanded into nearly every home around the world, and a new phenomena was taking shape, Wi-Fi dead spots.
These Wi-Fi dead spots caused from radio frequency interference and dense solid objects weren’t noticed at first, because everyone was so excited about having wireless network technology they just simply accepted it and moved to a better part of the house.
After the world became wirelessly addicted, it soon become very necessary to have those wireless signals bouncing off every corner of the house, and the trusty WAP was back in action.
Wireless Access Point
Different types of WAP:
There are two main types of WAP’s you should be aware of, so you can be sure you’re buying the correct piece of equipment.
One is a “Wireless AP” and the other is a “Wireless Repeater” or sometimes referred to as a wireless extender.
The difference is, a true WAP is connected to the main router via Ethernet network cable to a range of up to 100meters or 328feet before the single in the cable loses attenuation.
Connecting the access point with a network cable provides excellent network performance from the location of the WAP.
Using a wireless extender, the Wi-Fi signals are relayed over the air and the further away the main router is to the wireless extender the worse the performance is.
If you’re considering online gaming using a wireless extender you can forget it right now, and get back to figuring out how you’re going to run the network cable back to the main router.
Things to remember implementing a WAP:
The first thing you should do when trying to connect a WAP is to assess the area of coverage for your wireless home network.
Remember that you’re working with wireless technology.
If you can’t run a network cable directly into the room where you need a better Wi-Fi signal, try running it to an adjacent room and let the wireless signal pass through the wall.
Test several locations to find the best signal connectivity, and use the one that’s best for your configuration.
Many homes and business in the world today, use multiple wireless router access points to achieve the wireless coverage they need, forming their own personal Wi-Fi hotspot.
With prices of wireless enabled equipment becoming ever more affordable, the trend of multiple wireless access point routers to strengthen wireless home networks is quickly gaining popularity.