D-Link Ships Indoor Wireless G Access Point for Business

Networking Solutions vendor D-Link has announced the availability of its DWL-3260AP 802.11g Indoor Wireless Access Point. A powerful and reliable wireless Access Point, the DWL-3260AP is ideal for indoor deployment in business-class environments. With Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, this Access Point provides secure options for network administrators to deploy a highly manageable and extremely robust wireless network.

Despite being distinctly styled to separate it from function-looking enterprise products, the DWL-3260AP’s design cleverly disguises it as a smoke detector, so as not to attract unwanted attention. The Access Point will particularly appeal to organisations keen to install Access Points that discretely fit in with the surrounding environment. Additionally, its diagnostic LEDs can be turned off to further conceal its true purpose. For installations in areas where power outlets are not readily available, the Access Point (AP) integrates 802.3af PoE, to ensure flexibility and easy set-up. From a ceiling, the DWL-3260AP can obtain power from a PoE switch located as far away as 100 metres through unused pairs of the existing network cable.

The DWL-3260AP delivers extremely reliable wireless performance with standard 802.11g wireless throughput rates of up to 54Mbps. It has the added capability of reaching maximum wireless signal rates of up to 108Mbps (Turbo mode) powered by D-Link 108G technology[1]. At the same time, the DWL-3260AP remains fully compatible with IEEE 802.11b and 802.11g standards.

Industrial grade wireless security is provided, with support for both WPA and WPA2-Enterprise as well as 802.1X to ensure complete network protection. Other security features included in this Access Point are MAC Address Filtering, Wireless LAN segmentation, Broadcast SSID disabled, and support for Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). To maximize total return on investment, the DWL-3260AP can be configured to operate as an AP, a point-to-point bridge or a point-to-multipoint bridge (WDS mode). In the WDS mode, the DWL-3260AP only communicates with other wireless bridges, without allowing wireless clients or stations to access them.

The DWL-3260AP supports multiple SSIDs, allowing you to logically divide your AP into several virtual access points, all within a single hardware platform. With multiple SSIDs, the number of physical APs deployed may be reduced, minimising interference and keeping costs down. In addition, the number of users associated to a particular SSID may be capped, providing a form of bandwidth control for particular applications.

Network administrators can manage all the DWL-3260AP’s settings via its web-based configuration utility or with Telnet. D-Link’s AP Manager or D-View SNMP management module may also be used to configure and manage multiple APs from a single location. In addition to a streamlined management process, network administrators can also verify and conduct regular maintenance checks without wasting resources by sending personnel out to physically test that the device is functioning correctly.

Commenting on the launch of the DWL-3260AP, Andrew Mulholland, UK Marketing Manager, D-Link said, “Clever design, compact and convenient, the DWL-3260AP is an ideal Access Point for the business environment. It delivers power and flexibility in a discrete design that’s easy to manage and easy to conceal.”

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