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Last updated at 16:50 on Thursday 19th July 2018
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The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 is a wireless access point which can be operated in standalone or centrally managed/monitored mode (with the use of a central DrayTek management product - see Central management below). The AP-902 is a high specification professional access point providing reliable and flexible coverage to all manner of applications. A vast array of security and management features helps the AP-902 to improve and protect flexibility and integrity of your wireless LAN. The Vigor AP-902 is ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN, or for expanding the range of an existing wireless LAN by using the WDS repeater features.
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Simultaneous dual-band operation & extended 5GHz bands
The Vigor AP-902 supports simultaneous operation of the common 2.4GHz band and the new 5GHz band. The 5GHz band is far less congested so if your PCs or other devices support the 5GHz band, you can use that. The Vigor AP-902 operates both bands at the same time, so your devices can use either band and each has its own bandwidth so overall wireless capacity is also increased. The 5GHz supports the full range of extended domestic 5GHz channels, thank to its support for DFS/TPC; you can select all 5GHz channels up to channel 140, as opposed to just the 4 'Band A-Lower' channels (which provides only two non-overlapping channels).
Gigabit Ethernet ports
The AP-902 has five wired Ethernet ports (separated into two distinct separated LANs). LAN A and LAN B can be fed separately and in turn broadcast on independent and isolated SSIDs. As the ports are all Gigabit, you can be sure that the AP-902 is fed at the maximum speed in order to fully satisfy the full speed of both 2/4 and 5GHz bands simultaneously. The four ports on LAN A are particularly of use if you are using the AP-902 as a wireless bridge as you can then connect wired PCs or devices to it. LAN Port 1 on LAN-A is also used as the PoE input if you're powering the AP-902 by PoE.
The AP-902 can operate in standalone autonomous mode, but can also form part of a centrally managed wireless installation by adding a compatible DrayTek wireless controller (a Vigor2860 or 2925). This enables you to centrally control, manage and administer multiple AP-902 devices installed around your building/campus. Management also enables efficient usage of your wireless access point through load-balancing, whereby wireless clients are distributed across several access points to reduce congestion.
Wireless security & VLANs
The AP-902 features multiple levels of wireless security. Encryption using WEP, WPA, WPA2 (802.11i) is available you can also use the access control list (ACL) to specify the hardware addresses of clients which are permitted to connect (by MAC hardware address). Any unauthorised hardware is refused access.
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 AP-902 setup itself (thus not needing any external server) on an external radius server which can permit time limited, temporary or continuous access to your clients as required.
The Vigor AP-902 supports the 802.1q VLAN protocol so that if it is connected to an 802.1q enabled LAN, it can split tagged data (whether its different subnets or intended for different users) and broadcast each on its own SSID. This means, for example, that your guest WiFi access is provided on a separate isolated SSID with no access to your company data.
Local temperature logging and alarm
As your AP-902 unit(s) will be distributed around your building, it's an ideal opportunity to also gather environmental information about those locations. By the addition of an optional USB temperature sensor, your AP-902 can report real-time local temperature information, show the previous 24 hour's chart and also set high/low alarms to alert/log if the temperature falls above or below your set levels. This facility is ideal for detecting if any part of your building is over or under-heated or if heating/cooling has been left on overnight and therefore helping to make more efficient use of your heating or cooling energy consumption, potentially saving cost.
USB printer port
The AP-902 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-902, or a PC anywhere else on the network. 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-902s to make a bridge.
WMM - WiFi multimedia
The AP-902 implements intelligent wireless traffic prioritisation for the most efficient management of wireless traffic by using the Wi-Fi Multimedia standard (WMM). WMM defines Quality of Service (QoS) in WiFi 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 prioritised capabilities to Wi-Fi networks and optimises their performance when multiple concurrent applications, each with different latency and throughput requirements, compete for network resources.
WPS - WiFi protected setup
Wireless security (encryption) is important to protect your data but also to prevent unauthorised people from accessing your network or your Internet connection. 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-902 also serves as a physical on/off switch for the wireless LAN if you wish to quickly disable it at any time, whilst still leaving your wired ports active.
The AP-902 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 can be assigned its own separate Wireless SSID so they remain separated even on the Wireless LAN. This is the equivalent of having two completely separate access points and ideal for public and private networks in the same location or wireless LANs for two separate companies.
Having two physical LAN interfaces provides a much simpler alternative to using tagged VLANs and/or a Radius server for authentication. It is also much easier/quicker to set up (that said, the AP-902 can also support tagged VLANs and Radius).
The AP-810 acts as both a wireless client and access point simultaneously, effectively increasing the range of an existing access point.
This mode joins two parts of the same logical network which cannot be otherwise connected by cables, for example between two adjacent buildings. As the AP-810 has a built-in 4 port switch, you can then connect up to four wired devices/PCs directly to it.
As a repeater, the AP-810 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 (computer or other device) can connect to the AP-810 using a regular Ethernet cable, but the AP-810 connects to the remote LAN over wireless. The AP-810 has a built-in 4 port Ethernet switch so you can connect up to four client devices directly by wired Ethernet (100BaseT RJ45). Station mode can also be used for games consoles or other multimedia devices.
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 to the encryption provided by WEP/WPA. When the user first opens their wireless connection, the AP-810 will request their user name and password. It will not permit access to the LAN or Internet without it.
The AP-902 can use an external radius server to hold user credentials but also has its own built-in radius server to store up to 96 users. The AP-902's built-in radius server can also act as a server to additional devices (such as another AP-902, meaning that you don't need to set up the same users up on several units).
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