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May 31 2010   11:05PM GMT

Standalone or Lightweight Access points?

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi folks. A common question asked of me is what type of wireless should I use in my network environment. Well there are two types.

The standalone access point works by itself and you configure it internally and then put it on your network. It’s pretty straightforward but if you need to deploy many access points it can get unruly. Sure you can configure the same SSID on multiple AP’s but without a cohesive solution you will run into issues.

Enter the Lightweight access point. Used in conjunction with a wireless controller which manages all the access points, the controller is where the configuration is done and it pushes that configuration down to it’s access points that it manages. Doing this you can roam from AP to AP without losing connection. This is great if you have a wireless connection that you don’t want to drop. Of course lightweight access points and their controllers are a much more expensive solution, but you get what you pay for.

So really it comes down to usability, configuration and price. Knowing this you can make a proper decision.

-RP

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