Cisco-Linksys WAP11 Wireless-B Network Access Point

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Manufacturer Description

Set your network free! This Linksys WAP11 Wireless Access Point connects wireless computers to your wired network, so you can add PCs to the network with no cabling hassle. It creates an 11 mbps Wireless-B (802.11b) network in your home or office and includes advanced features such as AP Client, Point-to-Point or Point-to-Multipoint Bridging and Repeater Mode! The WAP11 offers up to 128-bit encryption and wireless MAC address filtering to protect your network and data! With itsdual antenna configuration, the WAP11 provides "antenna diversity", for exceptional signal sensitivity and increased usable range.The Linksys WAP11 Wireless Access Point is the simple, versatile way to add wireless capabilities to your network!

Amazon.com Product Description The WAP11 Instant Wireless Access Point from Linksys delivers thefreedom to configure Ethernet networks your way. Use of advanced wireless technology gives you the ability to set up workstations in ways you never though possible; no cables to install means less expense and less hassle. The WAP11 operates at ranges up to 150 meters (492 feet) indoors and 500 meters (1,640 feet) outdoors. It provides seamless roaming throughout your wireless LAN infrastructure; an advanced user authentication feature ensures a high level of network security.

The Linksys Instant Wireless Network Access Point is easy to install (just plug in and it's ready to go) and easy to use--Windows-based diagnostic and statistical tools ensure complete control. WAP11 is configurable through a USB port or an Ethernet connection and is fully interoperable with IEEE 802.11b (DSSS) 2.4 GHz-compliant equipment. It comes complete with an AC adapter, a CD-ROM, a user's manual, a registration card, two detachable antennas, and a USB cable. Linksys's WAP11 is compatible with PCs with USB support or Ethernet connection; running Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000 Professional, or NT 4.0; and having at least 500 KB hard disk space.

Linksys provides a one-year parts and labor warranty on the WAP11 and provides free technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (North America only).

Please note that the Wireless Signal Booster is certified by the FCC for use with the WAP11--Wireless Access Point and BEFW11S4--Wireless Access Point Router only.

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere -- without wires. Outside of the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, airports -- great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

What Wireless Standard is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.



Product Features

High-speed transfer rate of up to 11 Mbps Range of operation of up to 150 meters indoors, up to 500 meters outdoors Provides roaming, best access point selection, load balancing, and network traffic filtering Interoperable with IEEE 802.11b (DSSS) 2.4 GHz-compliant equipment, and supports up to 32 users/nodes Router not included, so you cannot connect multiple users to the Internet

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