Best Wireless Access Point of 2022
Also called an access point (AP), the wireless access point (WAP) is a compact electronic device that allows other Wi-Fi devices to connect to a wired or wireless network. The WAP devices create a Wi-Fi network within an existing wired or wireless network so that there is an option to accommodate more wireless devices.
Today, WAP devices have become an important part of many organizations as well as home users. And it’s because these devices eliminate the major issues like poor Wi-Fi coverage, slow connectivity, dead zones, weak signal, and others. One of the best things about wireless access points is easy installation.
Due to the benefits offered by WAP devices, their demand is very high. Considering this high demand, there is a large variety of wireless access systems to choose from, making the selection process very complicated. Organizations don’t know which WAP device will suit their requirements or give good results. Sometimes, they end up choosing the wrong device, hampering the operations and performance of their organizations.
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To make your selection easy, we will discuss the best wireless access points for 2022. But, before that, we will discuss the points that you should consider before investing in a wireless access device.
- Power of Internet
- Concurrent dual brand
- Load balancing
- Defense against a rogue access point
- Mesh networking support
TP-Link EAP660 HD Wi-Fi Access Point
If you are looking for an affordable consumer-friendly wireless access point, then TP-Link is the option for you. All the WAP models or series of TP-Link are suitable for the organizations and their performances. Earlier, the EAP245 was very much in the picture. But, the company made some serious advances and introduced the EAP660 wireless access point.
The EAP660 access point includes both getaways and switches. This access point comes with a simple design, a circular-shaped case, entirely covered by a white matte finish. The device sits on the ceiling with the tendency of running fairly hot, but thankfully, the company has taken the necessary precautions to overcome that.
The access point has a single fairly small LED sitting at the top of the case, showing its status. The LED indicator flashes when the AP upgrades the firmware as well as it become solid when the device works properly.
As there is no additional Ethernet port for wired clients, only wireless clients can connect to the EAP660 HD. In this case, the access point is equipped with the following features:
- A quad-core 2GHz Qualcomm IPQ8072A
- 512MB ESMT RAM
- 128MB ESMT F59D1G81MB-AZM1P0H9N storage
- Qualcomm Atheros IPQ8072A 802.11b/g/n/ax 4×4;4 chip for the 2.4GHZ radio
- Qualcomm Atheros IPQ8072A 802.11a/n/ac/ax 4×4;4 for the 5GHz radio
The TP-Link EAP660 HD runs either as a standalone device or as part of a larger environment using the Omada controller.
Ubiquiti U6-LR Wi-Fi 6 Access Point
Considered one of the best Wi-Fi 6 access points, Ubiquiti U6-LR makes a smooth and fairly inexpensive transition for SMBs and enterprise clients toward the newer technology without a radical change in the infrastructure. This access point is very capable and can hold its ground against its main competitors. The only thing is Ubiquiti is large, measuring 8.66×1.89 inches.
The size is large but the look of the access point is great. The case is saucer-shaped, covered by a white matte finish, and with a narrow canal at the top, circling to let the LED shine through. The LED blinks differently, indicating different signs. It’s possible to mount U6-LR outdoors because of its plastic case. As there are no ventilation cut-outs anywhere on the case, no water and dust enter the enclosure. The best thing is that the access point doesn’t get hot like other enclosed case access points.
Ubiquiti doesn’t have any option to power up the device so the use of a PoE switch or a PoE adapter is very important. For making any configuration changes to the device and the network, the access point uses UniFi Controller Software.
Linksys LAPAC 1750C WAP
As a part of the new access points that support the Cloud controller, the Linksys LAPAC 1750C is suitable for today’s exigence. The device follows the trend of compact circle and hexagon shape that can be easily positioned anywhere, even on the ceiling. The case has soft, rounded corners instead of sharp angles and is covered by a white matte finish. There is a small bar for the LED lights along with a narrow canal surrounding the top of the device. From the narrow canal, the case flows from the narrower top side towards a larger footprint.
The Linksys LAPAC 1750C WAP measures 9.57×9.33×1.72 inches, which can be positioned on the wall or the ceiling. Mounting is easy because the access point comes with a mounting kit. The access point can be mounted horizontally as well on the desk using the four small round silicone feet, providing stability. Like other access points, the LED light in this access point blinks or becomes solid, signifying different things. There is no PoE injector in this.
The Linksys LAPAC 1750C WAP comes with the support for the 802.11K Roaming technology that negates the need for re-authentication every time the user roams to a new node. The access point is popular and highly demanded because of the centralized management system that allows the creation of access point clusters, managed by a single controller. There is an option to use the access system in offline mode just by simply entering the IP address of the device and doing the necessary configurations. The Cloud Controller offers several benefits such as VLAN tagging, Bandwidth Limit, Splash Page, and so on.
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