REF DrayTek Vigor AP-800 Wireless Access Point
The DrayTek Vigor AP-800 is a standalone wireless access point, ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN, or for expanding the range of an existing wireless LAN by using the WDS features.
Features multiple levels of wireless security. Encryption using WEP, WPA, WPA2 (802.11i) is available you can also use the access control list (ACL) by MAC hardware address. For additional user authentication, you can activate 802.1x RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-in User Service) which allows you to centrally manage and store user names and passwords either within the setup itself or on an external radius server. The Vigor AP-800 also supports the 802.1q VLAN protocol.
USB Printer Port
AP has a USB interface into which you can connect a regular printer. That printer is then accessible from any wireless or wired PC which connects to the AP, or a PC anywhere else on the network to whick the AP-800 is connected. This is ideal to provide printer access to wireless laptops but could also be used for installing a printer elsewhere in your home/office by using a pair of AP-800s to make a bridge.
WMM – WiFi Multimedia
AP implements intelligent wireless traffic prioritization for the most efficient management of wireless traffic by using the Wi-Fi Multimedia standard (WMM). WMM defines Quality of Service (QoS) in Wi-Fi networks. It is a precursor to the upcoming IEEE 802.11e WLAN QoS standard, intended to improve timing critical applications such as audio, video and voice applications over WiFi. WMM adds prioritized capabilities to Wi-Fi networks and optimizes their performance when multiple concurrent applications, each with different latency and throughput requirements, compete for network resources.
WPS – WiFi Protected Setup
The WPS system means that instead of having to create and enter long encryption keys, you can activate WPS registration. To activate, you press and hold the WPS button, then activate the WPS function on your PC; the two devices then automatically exchange encryption keys. The same button on the AP-800 also serves as a physical on/off switch for the Wireless LAN.
By the addition of a simple plug in ‘N65’ USB module, the AP-800 can operate in the alternative ‘5.8Ghz’ band simultaneously with the standard 2.4Ghz band. The 5.8Ghz band is much less widely used and therefore less congested.
WDS & Repeater Modes
AP can act as a standalone wireless access point, ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN. It also operates in several other wireless modes to provide enlarged wireless coverage or wireless bridges to other parts of your LAN. Many different configurations are possible:
This mode joins two parts of the same logical network which cannot be otherwise connected by cables. As the AP has a built-in 4-Port switch, you can then connect up to 4 wired devices/PCs directly to it.
As a repeater, can extend the wireless coverage of a network. You can add multiple units to extend the range in multiple directions or multiple hops. For best performance, more than two is not recommended due to latency and channel congestion which can result.
In ‘Station Mode’ a remote station can connect to the AP-800 using a regular ethernet cable, but the AP-800 connects to the remote LAN over wireless. The AP-800 has a built-in 4-port Ethernet switch so you can connect up to 4 client devices directly by wired Ethernet (100BaseT RJ45).
AP can support two completely independent LANs; each is connected via its own independent RJ45 Ethernet interface. There are Ethernet RJ45 interfaces for LAN A (4 ports) and LAN B (one port). These networks remain completely isolated from each other. Each LAN is assigned its own separate Wireless SSID.
AP supports PoE (Power over Ethernet) as standard (built-in) so if the AP-800 is connected to a PoE enabled Ethernet switch or PoE injector, you don’t need any local power to the unit (power supply). The AP-800 is also supplied with an AC/DC mains PSU for installations where you are not using PoE.
For additional security, wireless access can be restricted to authorised users only by use of a unique username and password for each user. This is in addition the encryption provided by WEP/WPA etc. When the user first opens their wireless connection, the AP-800 will request their username/password and not permit access to the LAN or Internet without it. The AP-800 can store up to 96 users. The AP-800’s built-in Radius server can also act as a server to additional devices (such as another AP-700, meaning that you don’t need to set up the same users up on several units).
REF DrayTek Vigor AP-800 Wireless Access Point