access point is a device that creates a wireless local area network, or WLAN, usually in an office or large building. The access point connects to a wired router, switch, or hub via an Ethernet cable, and projects a Wi-Fi signal to a designated area. For example, if you want to enable Wi-Fi access in your company’s reception area but don’t have a router within range, you can install an Access point near the front desk and run Ethernet cable through the ceiling back into the server room.
Type Access Point
Mode (AP Mode)
This device functions to transmit a wired to wireless connection. Has the performance of a switch and is located behind the router. This type is generally used in places that only provide cable networks.
This tool is used to increase wireless coverage with SSID (Service Set Identifier) and similar security. This tool is used to strengthen the signal in places that already have a wireless network but the signal transmission is not evenly distributed. Repeater mode has only one SSID which allows you to access all over the place.
The work of bridge mode is by creating two individual networks in one internet for two groups. This Bridge mode uses a wireless network and spreads it using the same SSID and password. Bridge mode supports places such as restaurants, offices and even homes that provide internet services without having to use a password.
Client mode is widely used on smart TVs, media players, game consoles and other devices that only have ethernet ports.
Wireless Router Mode
This mode allows you to share one wired internet connection with multiple clients. In this mode there is only one WAN (Wide Area Network) port that supports several types of connections. So if you access the internet from a DSL or cable modem that is provided for one user only, this wireless router mode is the right choice.
Access Point Client Router This Mode
AP client allows you to connect to wireless networks and share connections with others. This type is used for wireless stations that limit the number of clients and require entering a username and password in order to connect to the network.
Benefits of Using a Wireless Access Point
When you have employees and guests connected to desktops, laptops, cell phones, and tablets, the 20 devices on the wireless network add up quickly. On each of the 60 simultaneous connections, the access point gives you the freedom to measure the number of supported devices on your network. But that’s only one of the advantages of using this network enhancement – consider the following:
Business-grade access points can be installed anywhere you can run an Ethernet cable. Newer models are also compatible with Power over Ethernet Plus, or PoE + (Ethernet and power cord combination), eliminating the need to run separate power lines or install outlets near the access point.
Additional standard features include Captive Portal and Access Control List (ACL) support, so you can restrict guest access without compromising network security, as well as easily manage users on your Wi-Fi network.
Certain access points include a Clustering feature – a single point where IT administrators can view, deploy, configure, and secure a Wi-Fi network as a single unit rather than a series of separate access point configurations.