ORACO Kenya, a professional structured cabling and networking company in Kenya. We stock different models of wireless access points and network switches. These networking devices are deployed based on users’ needs. System administrators find it a challenge to choose the best. It is no longer about purchasing a wireless access point for the sake of it. When thinking of buying active devices, there are certain factors to consider. For example, if you are considering buying a wireless router, you need to know the signal strength, bandwidth requirement, encryption type, etc.
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Some of the more popular wireless access points include the Unifi-Ubiquiti, Cisco AP, Dlink DAP, Ruckus, Fortinet, TP-Link, etc. As ORACO Kenya, we have prepared a summary of the essential features to look for in a good wifi access point:
Wireless Access Point powered through PoE
Even though most wireless access points come with their own power adapters, powering through PoE is better. This is because PoE saves you the hustle to have an electric socket in areas that are practically challenging to access e.g. ceiling board and the outdoors. As long as your network switch is PoE enabled, all network active devices can be powered from the switch. A PoE injector can come in handy if your switch is not PoE enabled.
Ease of configuration
Ease of device configuration is priority number one for every network administrator or outsourced IT Support. Technology is fast-moving from the command line interface to graphical user interfaces. This ensures that the IT administrator does not require to remember commands. The graphical user interface enhances device usability and interactivity.
Equally, the configuration dashboard should not be cluttered with menus. Functions and capabilities should be distributed logically on different windows. The user interface should enable the system administrator to navigate back and forth while enabling critical features. Generally, device manufacturers take great caution in improving user experience by slotting into the packaging of a user manual.
A good wifi access point should allow you to segment the network into several groups e.g. guest, work, etc. Network segmentation is particularly important in managing the usage of network resources. If the entire network is left open to all and sundry, you will notice that guest users tend to dominate. This might affect normal business operations. Therefore, the wireless router or the access point should enable user segmentation and bandwidth distribution. This kind of separation is also a security feature as it limits what the guest users can access.
A good wireless access point should be compliant with ISACA standards. And the Sophos firewall, in particular, when installed comes with very advanced network protection features. If a weak encryption algorithm is used, the network is left vulnerable to attacks from outside. Nobody is willing to use an internet gateway that is susceptible to attacks. At configuration, the network key should not too obvious or one that can be hacked easily. Even individual users will shy away from using your free internet the moment they realize they are susceptible to attacks. Web and application security should never be compromised for the risks are too much to fathom.
The price of the device
A small company with limited resources purchases the cheapest wifi access point in the market. For large corporations, it is better to go for the best wireless access point the industry can offer. Sometimes it is true that the most expensive is not necessarily the best quality. It is better to acquire an access point with the best features, the purchasing price notwithstanding. Considering that POE routers and access points are devices only purchased once, it makes sense to buy one that can last a long time.
Signal strength and throughput
Depending on the number of users in the network, it is advisable to purchase a device that can support a big number without slowing down. Equally, the signal range is critical if you intend to share the wireless access point, say, across the entire floor of the building. The good news is, there exists a variety of POE switches and wireless access points in Kenya.
We help companies to choose the best wireless access point that works well in the Kenya environment. Additionally, we assist with the configuration of the wireless access point devices. For network solutions in Kenya, we are the best. To learn more about wireless access points, contact us here for an opportunity to speak with our Resident Network and Security Specialist.