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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an access point?
An access point is a device that forms a wireless local area network (WLAN) which enables WiFi devices to connect. WAP's are typically used in offices or large buildings where a single WiFi router would be insufficient. AP's connect with wired Ethernet to the network infrastructure. NETGEAR offers a range of access points, including WiFi 6 access points.
How does an access point work?
An access point works by being connected to a router or a switch. This enables the access point to have an internet connection which it transmits as a WiFi signal to specific areas. Often AP's are powered with Power over Ethernet PoE Switches and do not require a physical 110v/220v power adaptor.
Access point vs Router: What is the difference?
The main difference between an access point and a router is that while a router acts as the device that creates a network for devices to connect to, an access point provides an additional location for devices to connect from. NETGEAR offers multiple options of WiFi routers, which include a range of Nighthawk products, as well as access points, which include WiFi 6 access point products.