Wireless Access Point

Wireless access points (WAPs) are devices that act as transmitter and receivers of wireless Internet signals. They are commonly used for the home or office and usually incorporate a built-in adapter and antenna. With the assistance of WAPs, several computers on the home or office can hook up to the Internet, with only the assistance of one wireless device. At coffeehouses or places with WiFi access, users can find “hotspots” to link up their devices. People with Bluetooth-enabled devices also can pick up signals thanks to the WAP.

For networking computers, Linksys is a brand regarded highly by tech experts. There are three tiers of support Linksys offers: basic, productivity and high performance. Basic routers are good for small homes with one to two computers. The Wireless-G Broadband Router (WRT54G2) is a good model that is known for easy set-up. Digital photos and music can be stored in one place that is accessed by all computers, and four Ethernet ports allow for additional computers, storage devices, printers and other devices. Firewall protection and security is included. Another one in the basic network family, the RangePlus Wireless Router (WRT110) is a fast, stylish device that is great for sharing files and wireless printing.

Productivity routers are faster and reach even farther than their basic counterparts and are great for larger homes or small homes in highly populated urban areas. The Wireless-N Broadband RouterWRT160N is great for bigger homes or the office and assist in moving large files, printing and streaming media Gaming, videos and IP phone calls also are assisted by this device. The Wireless-N Gigabit Router also is good for media-intensive activity in homes or the home office. This device also is good for gaming, video, music and IP phone calls. High performance routers are used for gamers, movie streaming and music and offers more kick than the basic and productivity activities. The Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router and the Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router are both food options.

Other notable wireless access points include the Apple Airport Extreme Base Station, which promises strong results for the home, school or office, with 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands of frequency. The device supports up to 50 users at a time, allows you to turn a USB hard drive to a shared hard drive, and assists in wireless printing. The Apple AirPort Express Base Station is powerful enough to use at home for your wireless Internet needs and small enough to use in your travels. This device supports up to 10 users and is both Mac and PC compatible. Allows wireless printing form any room to a central printer. You also can play iTunes through this device.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo AirStation WLA2-G54C is an affordable device that offers one-touch set-up capabilities to create a comprehensive network. Features include security and WiFi support. Dead spots are covered in this device that offers point-to-point and point-to-multiple point communication. The Dell 4350 wireless hosts up to 64 users at speeds of up to 54 megabits a second. Covered distance is up to 300 feet, and coverage depends on the physical environment. This device both assists in wireless networking and serves as a bridge to an Ethernet hub.

The SMC SMCWTK-G Traveler’s Kit is considered a better device than its stationary counterpart. The D-Link AirPremier DWL-2210AP is considered a good choice for small businesses and has many features. For those with a lot of equipment to network, the high-end Netgear WG302 will be worth the investment. The Always On Wireless WiFlyer and Corinex Wireless to Powerline access point also are strong buys.

If you have problems with your wireless access point, be sure that all of your wires are plugged in. Also be sure that the device is switched on. Next you will want to make sure that your computer is reading the device and that it is enabled. You may want to try to unplug and replug the device to the computer while it is still on. You also may try unplugging the connection, waiting 20 seconds, then plugging it back in. Ig that doesn’t work, try completely shut down your computer and restart. Most wireless devices have a hotline for tech support. It is imperative that you do not throw away the box your device came in. The box will contain crucial information, such as a tech support number and the warranty. Many places offer free installation support up to a period of time, another reason to hold on to the box for any pertinent information.

Let’s say you do throw away the box or misplace an installation CD. Many of these companies offer help on their web sites, including troubleshooting manuals and even a place to download installation software. Of course, if you can’t connect to the Internet to get to these things, that could be a problem.

This Wireless Access Point Review is Written/Updated on Nov 21st, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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