The emergence of high speed wireless ac products cannot be stopped; all vendors are producing various models of wireless ac-based products. In wireless ac routers you can find Netgear with R7500 wireless AC2400 router or Asus RT-AC87U router, both are based on wireless AC2400 technology.
Wireless AC is a new 5G wifi technology with the speeds of up to 1300Mbps currently that can be engineered by the manufacturers to their lines of wifi products including wireless routers, adapters and other multimedia devices. And even in the newest models come the three band wireless routers such as Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 and Linksys EA9200 routers that can deliver the total bandwidth of up to 3200Mbps.
Why you require AP?
Unlike wireless routers which are typically used in homes, wireless ac-based access points are also offered by manufacturers to provide high speed wireless network to your existing wired network which are typically for offices. However, wireless Access points are not produced as much variation models as those wireless routers for homes except for businesses.
In wired network where all client computers connect using cabling system, all the computers or any networking devices are at their fixed location. Their moves are limited by the length of the connecting cable to the nearest switch, you cannot move at will only to the extent of the connecting cable. What about mobile devices, how they connect? With the existing wired network, you require a wireless access point to allow mobile devices connect wirelessly to the network.
Business Access Point
For businesses, D-link offers you wireless ac access point (DAP-2695) and Cisco also introduces 3700 wireless AC access point. Which one is best for your businesses?
Wifi devices share the bandwidth of the available wireless network, the more devices to connect to the same network the wider bandwidth is required for better performance.
High speed products
Fortunately with the emergence of high speed 5G wifi technology, D-link offers new high speed wireless access point based on wireless ac technology – the D-link DAP-2695. Previously D-link offered DAP-2690 wireless N dual band AP which delivers speeds up to 300Mbps each band. Or you may also select the DAP-2565 selectable dual band wireless N300 AP.
Cisco with the big name in networking technology also introduces new high speed wireless ac access point Cisco 3700 series. This is for enterprise class AP, for small to medium businesses you can choose the wireless N version, the Aironet 1600 series.
Unlike Cisco, D-link offers more economical products with performance you can trust. For wireless N business class WAP, you may also consider POE wifi access point offered by Linksys (LAP series), TP-link EAP series and Ubiquiti.
What this DAP-2695 product does
D-link DAP-2695 is high speed wireless AC access point delivering gigabit speeds in wifi, high bandwidth network for more devices to connect wirelessly. Typically in home network you require wireless router for home wifi network. In businesses where wired network exists, you need to add one or more wireless access points (AP) to provide wireless access to wifi devices.
- Simultaneous dual band based on AC1750
- Speeds of up to 1300Mbps (5GHz band) and up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz band)
- PoE (Power over Ethernet) support
- 6x detachable MIMO Omni-directional antenna technology
- Supports multi mode: AP, WDS bridge, WDS with AP, wireless clients
- Up to 16 SSIDs per band
Various models of wireless ac adapters are already available in the market you can upgrade your laptop or desktop computers to join to the high speed wireless ac network. You can mention Asus PCE-AC68 you can install in your desktop with PCI-Express slot available. This PCI adapter is based on high speed AC1900 technology. Or you can upgrade your laptop with high speed USB wireless AC1200 adapter.
DAP-2695 Vs Cisco Aironet 3700 series
This D-link DAP-2695 wireless ac access point is ideal solution for small to medium businesses or even for enterprises, however this AP device is for standalone system. Should you deploy a complex networking system, this is not your ideal solution. You should choose Cisco business class Aironet 3700 series which is also based on wireless ac technology. With this Cisco Aironet you can deploy as much as up to 18,000 AP devices across a wide area of enterprise network.
Comparison table DAP-2695 Vs Cisco Aironet 3700
|D-link DAP-2695||Cisco Aironet 3700|
|AP type||Standalone AP||part of Cisco unified wireless network up to 18,000 APs|
|Ideal for||Small office, standalone||For medium to enterprise businesses, designed for mission critical, high performance applications in complex enterprise environment|
|Wifi technology||Wireless AC1750||Wireless AC1750|
|Speeds||Up to 1300Mbps (5GHz) and up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz)||Up to 1300Mbps (5GHz) and up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz)|
|Antenna|| 3x 4 dBi for 2.4 GHz
3x 6 dBi for 5 GHz
|4×4 MIMO beamforming with three spatial streams each band with Internal Omni directional antennas.
2.4 GHz 4 dBi, 5 GHz 6 dBi
|Wireless modes||Access Point (AP)
WDS with AP
|Business class AP, part of Cisco unified wireless network up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility across central or remote locations on the enterprise / campus network|
D-link DAP-2695 is the first standalone wireless AC AP offered by D-link and is designed for small offices. For more complicated environment, you should deploy wireless AP devices that support unified wireless network such as Cisco Aironet series.
For businesses, you may also consider the affordable business class best POE Wireless AC AP products including Ubiquiti UAP-AC-Lite and TP-link EAP245 wireless ac access point with free network management software.