Wireless Access Points in Windows® 7
Get to know more about role of wireless access points in Windows 7
Wireless access points (APs or WAPs) are specifically configured nodes on wireless local area networks (WLANs). Access points operate as a central transmitter and receiver of WLAN radio signals. These, used in home or small business networks are generally small, dedicated hardware devices featuring a built-in network adapter, antenna, and radio transmitters. Access points help support Wi-Fi wireless communication standards. Even though very small WLANs can function without access points in so-called "ad hoc" or peer-to-peer mode, access points support "infrastructure" mode. This mode links WLANs with a wired Ethernet LAN and also balances the network to support more clients. Older and base model access points allowed only a maximum of 10 or 20 clients. But nowadays many newer access points support up to 255 clients.
Here is the need for wireless access points in Windows 7:
- Need for Wireless Access Points
Need for Wireless Access Points
Before the advanced usage of wireless networks, setting up a computer network in a business, home, or school often required running many cables through walls and ceilings in order to deliver network access to all of the network enabled devices in a particular building was difficult. With the advent of the Wireless Access Point, network users are now able to add devices that access the network with few or by no use of cables. Today's WAPs are put up to support a standard for sending and receiving data using radio frequencies rather than cabling.
There are many features that help in the functioning of WAP or AP in Windows 7 operating system. The wireless access points are managed by a Wireless LAN Controller which handles automatic adjustments to RF power, channels, authentication, and security. Also, controllers can be combined to form a wireless mobility group to allow inter-controller roaming. Wide area coverage is made possible at high speeds with a Security Encryption of up to 128-bit. MAC Address Filtering is also offered.
Now you can take advantage of this great new technology and achieve the freedom you need around the home or office without using cables. The WAP acts as a connection between your existing wired network and your wireless equipped computers. The easy installation and setup will help you in networking wirelessly within minutes. Earlier it was difficult to wire environments but now with wireless facility, roaming with a laptop around the home or office is easy. Also the WAP helps users to continue with their jobs if it is frequently changing environments. You can arrange temporary LANs for special projects or peak time SOHO users who need easy and quick setup.
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