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What is a WAP (Wireless Access Point)?

An access point, also known as a wireless access point or WAP, is a small electrical device that enables other Wi-Fi devices to connect to a wired or wireless network.

WAP devices build a Wi-Fi network inside an existing wired or wireless network to accommodate more wireless devices. They increase a Wi-Fi router’s coverage area to eliminate dead spots and give comprehensive wireless service, especially in bigger houses, outdoor spaces, flats, workplaces, and buildings. Significant challenges, including sluggish connectivity, dead spots, weak signals, and poor Wi-Fi coverage, are rising concerns that may be solved by deploying WAP. Many enterprises, organizations, or home users now require WAP devices.

But which one would suit your needs the best? Selecting the best AP is easier than selecting a computer or other information technology equipment. Just keep in mind to take coverage and speed into account.

Coverage: Zone coverage is one of the most important factors to take into account when buying a WAP. It will be easier for you to select the appropriate WAP if you have a general concept of the region that a Wi-Fi signal should cover. It is preferable to use WAPs with better long-distance coverage since they eliminate the need for additional access points.

Speed: For all users, speed is actually the most crucial factor. A WAP device’s speed is often expressed in megabits or gigabits per second.

Here are the best access points on Router-switch.com in 2022. Let’s check them.

HPE/Aruba Access Points

Aruba 505 – R2H28A

R2H28A is the Aruba IAP-505 (RW) – Campus – wireless access point. These affordable Aruba 505 AP, Wi-Fi 6 access points provide high-performance connectivity for any organization experiencing growing numbers of mobile, IoT and mobility requirements. With a maximum aggregate data rate of 1.77 Gbps (1.774 Gbps), they deliver the speed and reliability needed for venues and workplaces such as schools, midsize offices and retailers.

R2H28A Specification
Series Aruba AP-505
AP type Indoor, dual radio, 5GHz and 2.4GHz 802.11ax 2×2 MIMO
5GHz radio Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 1.2Gbps wireless data rate with 2SS HE80 802.11ax client devices
2.4GHz radio Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 574Mbps (287 Mbps) wireless data rate with 2SS HE40 (HE20) 802.11ax client devices
Maximum number of BSSIDs 16 BSSIDs per radio
Supported frequency bands (country-specific restrictions apply) • 2.400 to 2.4835GHz

• 5.150 to 5.250GHz

• 5.250 to 5.350GHz

• 5.470 to 5.725GHz

• 5.725 to 5.850GHz

Available channels Dependent on configured regulatory domain
Supported radio technologies • 802.11b: Direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS)

• 802.11a/g/n/ac: Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)

• 802.11ax: Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) with up to 8 resource units

Supported modulation types • 802.11b: BPSK, QPSK, CCK

• 802.11a/g/n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM (proprietary extension)

• 802.11ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM, 1024-QAM (proprietary extension)

• 802.11ax: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM, 1024-QAM

Antenna 2 Internal Omni-directional 5.7 DBi Antenna
Maximum number of associated

client devices

Up to 256 associated client devices per radio
Supported data rates (Mbps) • 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11

• 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54

• 802.11n: 6.5 to 300 (MCS0 to MCS15, HT20 to HT40), 400 with 256-QAM

• 802.11ac: 6.5 to 867 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 2, VHT20 to VHT80), 1,083 with 1024-QAM

• 802.11ax (2.4GHz): 3.6 to 574 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2, HE20 to HE40)

• 802.11ax (5GHz): 3.6 to 1,201 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2, HE20 to HE80)

802.11n high-throughput (HT) support HT20/40
802.11ac very high throughput (VHT) support VHT20/40/80
802.11ax high efficiency (HE) support HE20/40/80
802.11n/ac/ax packet aggregation A-MPDU, A-MSDU
Transmit power Configurable in increments of 0.5 dBm
Maximum (aggregate, conducted total) transmit power (limited by local regulatory requirements) 2.4 GHz band: +21 dBm (18dBm per chain) 5 GHz band: +21 dBm (18 dBm per chain) Note: conducted transmit power levels exclude antenna gain. For total (EIRP) transmit power, add antenna gain.
Aruba 535 – JZ336A

JZ336A is the Aruba AP-535 (RW) – Campus – wireless access point. Aruba Wi-Fi 6 access points, Aruba 535 AP provide high-performance connectivity for any organization experiencing growing numbers of IoT and mobility requirements. With a maximum real-world aggregate data rate of 2.97 Gbps (HE80/HE20), the 530 Series deliver the speed and reliability needed for any enterprise.

JZ336A Specification
Series Aruba AP-535
AP type Indoor, dual radio, 5GHz and 2.4GHz 802.11ax

4×4 MIMO

5GHz radio Four spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 2.4Gbps wireless data rate with individual 4SS

HE80 (or 2SS HE160) 802.11ax client devices, or with four

1SS or two 2SS HE80 802.11ax MU-MIMO capable client

devices simultaneously

2.4GHz radio Four spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 1,147Mbps (574Mbps) wireless data rate with

individual 4SS HE40 (HE20) 802.11ax client devices or with

two 2SS HE40 (HE20) 802.11ax MU-MIMO capable client

devices simultaneously

Antenna 4 integrated dual-band downtilt omnidirectional antennas for 4×4 MIMO with peak antenna

gain of 3.5dBi in 2.4GHz and 5.4dBi in 5GHz.

Supported data rates (Mbps) – 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11

– 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54

– 802.11n: 6.5 to 600 (MCS0 to MCS31, HT20 to HT40), 800 with 256-QAM

– 802.11ac: 6.5 to 1,733 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 4, VHT20 to VHT160), 2,166 with 1024-QAM

– 802.11ax (2.4GHz): 3.6 to 1,147 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 4, HE20 to HE40)

– 802.11ax (5GHz): 3.6 to 2,402 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 4, HE20 to HE160)

Dimensions AP-535; unit, excluding mount bracket:  240mm (W) x 240mm (D) x 57mm (H) / 9.4” (W) x 9.4” (D) x 2.2” (H)
Certifications • UL2043 plenum rating

• Wi-Fi Alliance:

– Wi-Fi CERTIFIED a, b, g, n, ac

– Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 (ax)

– WPA, WPA2 and WPA3 – Enterprise with CNSA option, Personal (SAE), Enhanced Open ( OWE)

– WMM, WMM-PS, Wi-Fi Vantage, W-Fi Agile Multiband

– Passpoint (release 2)

• Bluetooth SIG

Comparison
Model R2H28A JZ336A
Series Aruba AP-505 Aruba AP-535
AP type Indoor, dual radio, 5GHz and 2.4GHz 802.11ax

2×2 MIMO

Indoor, dual radio, 5GHz and 2.4GHz 802.11ax

4×4 MIMO

5GHz radio Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 1.2Gbps wireless data rate with 2SS HE80 802.11ax client devices Four spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 2.4Gbps wireless data rate with individual 4SS HE80 (or 2SS HE160) 802.11ax client devices, or with four 1SS or two 2SS HE80 802.11ax MU-MIMO capable client devices simultaneously
2.4GHz radio Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 574Mbps (287 Mbps) wireless data rate with 2SS HE40 (HE20) 802.11ax client devices Four spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 1,147Mbps (574Mbps) wireless data rate with individual 4SS HE40 (HE20) 802.11ax client devices or with two 2SS HE40 (HE20) 802.11ax MU-MIMO capable client devices simultaneously
Antenna 2 Internal Omni-directional 5.7 DBi Antenna 4 integrated dual-band downtilt omnidirectional antennas for 4×4 MIMO with peak antenna gain of 3.5dBi in 2.4GHz and 5.4dBi in 5GHz.
Supported data rates (Mbps) • 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11

• 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54

• 802.11n: 6.5 to 300 (MCS0 to MCS15, HT20 to HT40), 400 with 256-QAM

• 802.11ac: 6.5 to 867 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 2, VHT20 to VHT80), 1,083 with 1024-QAM

• 802.11ax (2.4GHz): 3.6 to 574 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2, HE20 to HE40)

• 802.11ax (5GHz): 3.6 to 1,201 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2, HE20 to HE80)

– 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11

– 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54

– 802.11n: 6.5 to 600 (MCS0 to MCS31, HT20 to HT40), 800 with 256-QAM

– 802.11ac: 6.5 to 1,733 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 4, VHT20 to VHT160), 2,166 with 1024-QAM

– 802.11ax (2.4GHz): 3.6 to 1,147 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 4, HE20 to HE40)

– 802.11ax (5GHz): 3.6 to 2,402 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 4, HE20 to HE160)

Fortinet WiFi 6 Access Points

Fortinet FortiAP 231F WiFi 6 AP

FAP-231F is one of the FortiAP 231F series. Fortinet FortiAP 231F is the Foritnet Indoor Wireless AP which provides Tri radio, internal antennas, 2x 10/100/1000 RJ45 port, BT/BLE, 1x Type A USB, and 1x RS-232 RJ45 Serial Port.

FAP-231F Specification
Hardware Type Indoor AP
Number of Radios 3 + 1 BLE
Number of Antennas 3 Dual band Internal Wi-Fi + 1 BLE/ZigBee
Antenna Type and Peak Gain PIFA antenna
Dual band: 4.5dBi for 2.4Ghz and 5.5dBi for 5GHz
BLE antenna 4.0dBi at 2.4GHz band
Frequency Bands (GHz) 2.400–2.4835, 5.150–5.250, 5.250–5.350, 5.470–5.725, 5.725–5.850
Radio 1 Capabilities Frequency band: 2.4GHz
Channel width: 20/40MHz
Modulation: BPSK, QPSK, 64/256/1024 QAM
MIMO Chains: 2×2 Service
Radio 2 Capabilities Frequency band: 5.0GHz
Channel width: 20/40/80MHz
Modulation: BPSK, QPSK, 64/256/1024 QAM
MIMO Chains: 2×2 Service
Radio 3 Capabilities Frequency bands: 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz
MIMO Chains: 1×1 Frequency Scanning
Maximum Data Rate Radio 1: up to 574 Mbps
Radio 2: up to 1201 Mbps
Radio 3: Frequency scanning only
Bluetooth Low Energy Radio Bluetooth scanning and iBeacon advertisement @ 10 dBm max TX power
Interfaces 2x 10/100/1000 Base-T RJ45, 1x Type 2.0 USB, 1x RS-232 RJ45 Serial Port
Power over Ethernet (PoE) 1 x 802.3at PoE default
1 x 802.af PoE no USB function
Simultaneous SSIDs Up to 16 (14 if background scanning enabled)
EAP Type(s) EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, EAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2, PEAPv1/EAP-GTC, EAP-SIM, EAP-AKA, EAP-FAST
User/Device Authentication WPA™, WPA2™, and WPA3™ with 802.1x or Preshared key, WEP, Web Captive Portal, MAC blocklist & allowlist
Maximum Tx Power (Conducted) Radio 1: 2.4GHz: 23 dBm / 200 mW (2 chains combined)
Radio 2: 5GHz: 22 dBm / 158 mW (2 chains combined)
Radio 3: NA
Kensington Lock Yes
IEEE Standards 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11e, 802.11g, 802.11h, 802.11i, 802.11j, 802.11k, 802.11n, 802.11r, 802.11v, 802.11ac, 802.11ax, 802.1Q, 802.1X, 802.3ad, 802.3af, 802.3at, 802.3az
SSID Types Supported Local-Bridge, Tunnel, and Mesh
Per Radio Client Capacity Up to 512 clients per radio (Radio1 and Radio2)
Cellular Co-existence Yes
Reset Button Yes
LED Off Mode Yes
OFDMA Yes
Spatial Reuse (BSS Coloring) Yes
UL MU-MIMO 802.11ax mode Yes
DL-MU-MIMO Yes
Enhanced Target Wake Time (TWT) Yes
ZeroWait DFS/Agile DFS No
Rogue Scan radio modes Background, Dedicated
WIPS / WIDS radio modes Background, Dedicated (recommended)
Packet Sniffer Mode Yes
Spectrum Analyzer Yes
Length x Width x Height 6.0 x 6.0 x 2.86 inches (153.2 x 153.2 x 53.0 mm)
Mounting Options Ceiling, T-Rail, and Wall
Included Accessories Standard Mount kit for Ceiling, T-Rail, and Wall
Power Supply 802.3at PoE SP-FAP200-PA-XX or GPI-130
Power Consumption (Maximum) 17W
Humidity 5 – 90% non condensing
Operating / Storage Temperature 32–122°F (0 – 50°C) / -22–158°F (-30–70°C)
Directives Low Voltage Directive • RoHS
UL2043 Plenum Material No
Mean Time Between Failures > 10 Years
IP Rating N/A
Surge Protection Built In Yes
Hit-less PoE Failover N/A

Ruckus Indoor AP

Ruckus 901-R320-WW02 is a ZoneFlex R320 802.11AC Wave2 MU-MIMO indoor AP, 2*2:2, supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual carrier frequency, 1 Ethernet port, 802.3af/at POE power input and 12VDC power supply, without 12VDC power module.

901-R320-WW02 Specification
Feature/Description Entry level

802.11ac Wave 2 dual-concurrent AP with BeamFlex

 Maximum PHY rate 867 Mbps (5GHz)

300 Mbps (2.4GHz)

 Wi-Fi technology 802.11ac (5GHz)

802.11n (2.4GHz)

Concurrent users 256
 Radio chains: streams 2×2:2
Antenna patterns (per band) 64
Antenna gain Up to 3dBi
PD-MRC
Rx sensitivity (2.4/5GHz) -101dBm
ChannelFly Yes
SmartMesh
USB (IoT Ready)
 Ethernet ports 1 x 1 GbE
Integrated BLE/ZigBee
 WLAN Control and Management ·   ZoneDirector

·   SmartZone

·   Unleashed

·   RUCKUS Cloud

Are you interested in these products? Welcome to learn details and check the price on Router-switch.com, and please feel free to check the R2H28A datasheet, JZ336A datasheet, FAP-231F datasheet, MCX623106AN-CDAT datasheet and  901-R320-WW02 datasheet there.

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