Linksys LAPAC1200 Business Access Point
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,
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.