How to choose a wireless access point
• Upgradeability is a key feature to look out for, especially as wireless LAN standards continue to change regularly. Look to see whether these upgrades can be done automatically from a central point, especially if you’ve got a number of access points established around your network.
• The range of your wireless access point is also important. The further it extends, the less likely it is that you’ll need another wireless access point. This might reduce the cost of installation around your home by requiring fewer access points.
• Although the operating temperature of the WAP won’t be an issue in your home or office, you will want to check how it operates in various temperatures if you’re installing it in a place that has changing climates. This could be a warehouse or manufacturing facility that gets very hot or cold depending upon the weather. Ensure beforehand that the access point is capable of withstanding all these temperatures.
• Check that your wireless access point comes with all of the support and installation tools you’ll need. Make sure you’ll be able to configure your access point(s) with ease and that they’ll be easy to manage once installed.
• Check how many users the access point supports, especially if you’re installing this within your business. Many modern versions will support up to 200 users, while some of the single-radio points only allow for up to 100. If purchasing an access point just for your home, you might opt for a single radio access point.
• Find out what speed the WAP will offer you, checking that it maintains a high speed over a long range. (However, please note, this will be determined by the speed of your current Wi-Fi).