AP or WAP (Access point or Wireless Access point) Also known as access points . They are devices to establish a wireless connection between computers and can form an external wireless network (local or internet) with which to interconnect mobile devices or wireless network cards. This wireless network is called WLAN (Wireless local area network) and is used to reduce wired connections.
Definition And Uses Of Wireless Access Point
- Create a WLAN access from a workplace.
- Give customers access to a wireless network.
- Take an internet connection to where it was not before, without losing bandwidth with repeaters.
- Cover large areas with a quality connection, reducing the use of wiring.
It allows interconnections between conventional and wireless devices if the AP is connected to a switch.
What Are The Advantages Of An Wireless Access Point?
- It allows the connection of wireless devices to the WLAN such as mobile phones or laptops.
- They are based on radio wave emissions, capable of crossing walls, so they are perfect for connecting nearby buildings within the same network, with powerful antennas it is possible to create a WLAN network up to a kilometer away.
- They have a range of 30 meters to 100 meters.
- It provides information on the network status and by dividing the networks and sending the information in parallel more quickly than conventionally.
- If you have Poe connections it is possible with a single RJ-45 Ethernet cable to give internet access without the need to connect it to a conventional plug.
- It allows more connected users at the same time.
Wireless Access Point Placement
To choose a location for these access points, it should be as close as possible to the device in this way the best possible signal will be achieved. However, walls, water pipes, water bodies, metal plates and similar frequency emitters such as microwaves interfere with the connection of these devices. So it is important to take them into account when placing them.
Wireless Access Point Vs Router
Access points and routers require a modem to transform the signal (modulate and demodulate the signal). The router is responsible for carrying connection to the devices, however, the access points serve to carry connection where there is none.
What is roaming AP?
Roaming between access points is a question of multiple access points in an area, which exchange automatically. When the device finds another access point with greater signal strength.
This way you can cover a large area where you can work with wireless devices, in which this device connects to secondary networks using its main network identifier. What makes it unnecessary to give new credentials to the new source to which it connects. In this way the device connection is not interrupted.
What Mode Uses A Wireless Access Point?
They can be configured for different functions to adapt them to our needs. These are some of the functions:
It is a receiver and acts as a network cable joining a network
AP mode (Access point)
The Access Point serves as the core for wiring installation so that multiple users access the network through the access point.
This mode extend the signal so that the access point amplifies the signal it receives to optimize the range of action.
This mode covers large distances, like two separate buildings. With two access points connected to each other we can get a WLAN network over considerable distances.