What is a Wi-Fi Access Point

May 6, 2021
Discover what a Wi-Fi access point is in this blog by WiFi experts SenSys Technology. Contact us if your building needs better WiFi

What is a Wi-Fi access point:

An access point or wireless access point provides access to a local area network (LAN) wirelessly (WLAN). Before wireless access points were used, connecting to a LAN was done by plugging in a device such as a desktop PC by using an ethernet cable. With a wireless access point, devices such as laptops and smartphones can transmit and receive data over a network using radio waves in the 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) and 5GHz frequencies.

SenSys team fitting a Wi-Fi access point in an office

When should a wireless access point be used:

A wireless access point should be used in environments where devices need the ability to be mobile and roam around as needed. In most cases, it is easier and more cost effective to deploy a wireless access point to an area that has no wired infrastructure.

Typically in a home environment, your internet service provider (ISP) will provide you with a router that will have a wireless access point built in. In a business environment, ISP routers are not typically used so a wireless access point will be needed to provide the business with WIFI signal.

How can you increase the performance of your wireless access point

Some simple tips to help increase the performance of your wireless access point:
1. The closer to the access point you are the better, if the access point is sitting behind a concrete wall, your signal strength will be significantly reduced.
2. Neighbouring wireless access points compete for air time. Having two access points on the same channel that are close in proximity will reduce performance.
3. Upgrade your wireless access point to a newer model.

SenSys Technology has experience with customers such as hotels, restaurants, stadiums which would have a high influx of people logging onto their Wi-Fi at the one time. They all want consistent speed and consistent reliability. SenSys guarantee that as we design a WiFi map to pre-determine the best positioning for your access points.  Clients can access additional intelligent features such as email capture for marketing databases, or other user trends of repeat customers to your venue.

Get in touch today and see what SenSys can do for you. If you are interested in having a chat about integrated security, phone & Wi-Fi systems for your restaurant or company, please get in touch with our team.

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