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Wireless Access Points

What to Look for When Upgrading Your Wireless Access Points

Are your wireless access points obsolete and need to be upgraded? Not sure which model/brands to choose? There are a few things to consider when upgrading your wireless access points. Some things you should consider when upgrading your wireless environment are speed and performance requirements.

You want to think 5 to 10 years (probably) to avoid the need to upgrade again and think in terms of the number of users the access points will be used and also the types of apps they will want. 

Some applications require more bandwidth and process performance than others like video and games applications. Also which devices will connect to them? In the future, there will be more mobile devices than ever before, especially with the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Each person already has at least 3-5 devices (i.e. other Kindle iPhone IoT laptop). These numbers are growing, so make sure your new wireless devices have enough bandwidth to serve all of these devices and with room for expansion.

Many different providers create excellent access points to wireless internet and they offer different licensing models. Some people prefer not to pay an annual subscription license. 

It depends on what you want and how you want to manage these wireless devices. Some providers have a cloud-based management option that only allows you to connect to the Internet and you can manage access points directly from the Internet.

The second option does not require an annual subscription and these are not cloud-based and you need to be already on your corporate network to manage it. 

With this option, you do not have to worry about paying a two-year subscription fee. You just pay it once and you're done.

So once you have determined the type of applications and how many devices you have to connect to and how you would like to manage it you can decide between some of the good wireless access point brands such as the Aruba IAP or Cisco Miraki models.

Some other things to think about are the network cables and network switches you have.

 The network cable should be able to support the output of new access points such as Cat5e Cat6 or Cat6a (with Cat6 / 6a to support anything above the 1Gigabit interface type). 

The switches you have should have enough PoE or PoE + power (if this is the route you are going) to support the newer wireless access point models.

Now that you have an idea of ​​what you need for wireless access points, your next question might be with how much should I go? We highly recommend doing a site survey so you can determine how many access points you will need. A site survey will help determine which part of the building you need and want coverage for and which areas have weak signals.

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