FO­CALPOINT

Linksys LAPAC1200 Busi­ness Ac­cess Point

HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - ANALYSIS - By Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

For any busi­ness, adding an ac­cess point means more cus­tomers and hap­pier reg­u­lars, while in an or­ga­ni­za­tion, adding an ac­cess point is the first and eas­i­est step to usher in the BYOD cul­ture: go wire­less, and keep em­ploy­ees happy and con­nected. For en­ti­ties look­ing to set up an ac­cess point, Linksys of­fers the LAPAC1200 Busi­ness Ac­cess Point.

De­signed to be in­con­spic­u­ous and in­stalled on the ceil­ing or the wall, the LAPAC1200 looks like a hexag­o­nal pod with its top flat­tened. There are only two con­nec­tors: one for power and the other for the Eth­er­net ca­ble. With in­te­grated 802.3at Power over Eth­er­net Plus (PoE+) ca­pa­bil­ity, the ac­cess point would only need a sin­gle ca­ble to func­tion in a com­pat­i­ble net­work.

Linksys took ex­tra ef­fort to make in­stalling the ac­cess point easy by in­clud­ing tem­plates, mounts, screws, and wall ac­ces­sories.

The in­ter­face used in the LAPAC1200 is ba­sic,

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DE­CEM­BER 2015 and like most tra­di­tional routers, de­pends on tabs and pull­down menus. It is nav­i­ga­ble by users with some knowl­edge of net­work­ing, but, maybe com­plex for an am­a­teur.

The LAPAC1200 is ca­pa­ble of 16 mul­ti­ple SSIDs, split into two fre­quen­cies, run­ning sep­a­rately from each other, or all run­ning con­cur­rently. This is very use­ful when you need sev­eral wire­less net­works, where each can be con­fig­ured with dif­fer­ent lev­els of se­cu­rity, from open to WPA2.

With the lat­est firmware up­date in­stalled, we were also able to set cap­tive por­tals. This is a pow­er­ful tool for busi­nesses who want to give their users easy, con­trolled ac­cess to the in­ter­net.

Se­cu­rity and con­trol ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the LAPAC1200 are be­yond a typ­i­cal router. An ad­min­is­tra­tor has full con­trol over all con­nec­tions in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, the num­ber of con­nec­tions per SSID, the level of sep­a­ra­tion be­tween SSIDs, and Qual­ity-of-Ser­vice for each SSID.

AC1200 in the ac­cess point name refers to the max­i­mum data rate of du­al­band 802.11ac, which is up to 1,200Mbps (2.4GHz + 5GHz), or 867Mbps in AC on 5GHz and 300Mbps speed in N on 2.4GHz. In our speed test, the ap­ple did not fall too far from the tree. Speeds on 5GHz were at an av­er­age of 675Mbps and on 2.4GHz, it’s ap­prox­i­mately 200Mbps. As the bands each work sep­a­rately, con­nect­ing two devices that use dif­fer­ent net­work pro­to­cols did not slow down the router’s per­for­mance.

The in­ter­face may ap­pear dated and com­pli­cated, but it’s in­cred­i­bly func­tional.

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