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D-Link Aims For SMBs With New 802.11ac Access Points

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

D-Link announced a new line of 802.11ac standalone access points for Small and Medium Businesses (SMB). The announcement yesterday introduced the models DAP-2695 and DAP-1665 as the first in the company's new product line.

D-Link DAP-2695 Wireless Access Point. Image courtesy of D-Link.D-Link DAP-2695 Wireless Access Point. Image courtesy of D-Link.The DAP-2695 is a concurrent dual band access point with a Power over Ethernet (PoE) feature. It is a budget model that offers performance without the frills. Using 802.11ac standards, it has a maximum wireless signal rate of up to 450Mbps over a 2.4GHz and 1300Mbps over a 5GHz band. It includes D-Link's Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support and Quality of Service (QoS) features that the company states makes the access point ideal for high-demand business applications.

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Additionally the DAP-2695 supports band steering and airtime fairness. When enabled, band steering detects and steers 5 GHz capable clients from a 2.4 GHz network to a less congested 5 GHz network. Airtime fairness distributes time equally so each client can transmit at its highest speed regardless of location or 802.11 standard version.

More DAP-2695 features include:

  • Network security that includes support for WPA/WPA2, Wireless LAN segmentation, and VLAN.
  • Supports various modes including an Access Point, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) with Access Point, a WDS/Bridge, or Wireless Client.
  • Unit is plenum-rated and includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports with an integrated 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE) support.
  • Provides multiple options for network management that include web (HTTP), Secure Socket Layer (SSL), Secure Shell (SSH) and Telnet; offers D-Link AP Manager II, or D-View SNMP management module to configure multiple access points from a single location.

D-Link DAP-1665 Wireless Access Point. Image Courtesy of D-Link.D-Link DAP-1665 Wireless Access Point. Image Courtesy of D-Link.The DAP-1665 is a dual band access point that uses 802.11ac standards and can deliver a maximum wireless signal rate of up to 1200Mbps over two bands. Using the 2.4GHz band with a rate of 300Mbps the user can web surf, check email, and chat while concurrently using the 5GHz band rate of 867Mbps for network bridging, video streaming, file transfers and downloading.

Other DAP-1665 features include:

  • Network security that includes support for WPA/WPA2.
  • Supports various modes including an access point, bridge, bridge with access point, repeater, or wireless client.
  • Backwards compatible with 802.11 n/g/a clients.
  • Two external antennas.
  • Wired connections that allow for data speeds up to 1000Mbps.

Both models are currently available through resellers and distributors. The estimated street price for the DAP-1665 is less than $100. No price was estimated for the DAP-2695 unit.

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