By Ki Grinsing
When you start your business and you need to build a computer network in the office to support your business, probably you start with a simple wired LAN. Later on one day, you need to expand the network wirelessly by implementing a wireless access point to provide the flexibility in accessing the network resources.
When your business grows bigger and bigger, your network grows larger as well since more and more users need to access the network to support their jobs. This means that you need to add more Switches for wired network and backbone cable for more Access points deployment. How can you manage those growing Access points easily? The solution is to choose the business class wireless access point or industrial access point which is designed to grow easily and can be managed centrally.
D-link POE AP
DWL-8600AP dual band access point is an industrial PoE (power over Ethernet) Unified Wireless Access Point which is designed for indoor. DWL-8600AP can be deployed as a standalone wireless access point or as managed access point which can be managed from a wireless switch.
Start with stand alone
When you build your first network in your small office and you need to extend it wirelessly, you can start with the DWL-8600AP as a standalone AP. The device provides high-performance wireless N environment. When your business grows bigger and your organization demands a larger both wired and wireless networks, you can migrate to a centrally managed system by integrating the same DWL-8600AP with a D-Link unified wired/wireless switch such as DWS-4026.
With DWL-8600AP, you can easily deploy many devices anywhere within your building office even in location where power point is not available yet. DWL-8600AP is fully compliant with 802.3af Power over Ethernet even when operating at maximum power. You can connect the AP to the PoE Ethernet port such as DWS-4026 which is designed to work with DWL-8600AP as manageable APs.
Wireless N technology
DWL-8600AP is powered by the 802.11n with dual-band technology to support all your wireless clients with 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands, fully backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g clients. The AP is designed with MIMO (multiple-in multiple-out) 2×2:2 configuration with two Tx (transmit) and Rx (receive) streams for each radio.
The following figure shows the diagram of the small office using DWL-8600AP wireless access point and the management switch controller DWS-4026.
The good thing when you combine DWL-8600 and DWS-4026 is that the Switch automatically configure every connected DWL-8600AP, easy and no configuration needed. And if for some reason you have to replace the DWL-8600AP – the replacement DWL-8600AP will inherit the same configuration. This will save your time, simpler replacement process.
Rogue AP detection
The DWL-8600AP can detect the rogue AP and send the report to the DWS-4026 Switch controller, and from the management console you can take appropriate action. For wireless security the AP supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 and for creating security boundaries you can segregate the network by creating multiple SSID (per bands). For hiding your SSID (network names) you can disable the SSID broadcast.
DWL-8600AP dual band wireless access point is used for business, from small to large enterprise networks. For home office usage, consider DAP-1522 Xtreme-N duo access point/bridge or Linksys WAP610N wireless-N access point.