Review: Gigabit Wi-Fi access points for SMBs

Cisco, D-Link, Edimax deliver impressive speeds, solid management tools

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Last year we reviewed five of the first Gigabit Wi-Fi access points to hit the market. This time around, we’re testing three new entrants: the Cisco WAP371, D-Link’s DAP-2695 and the Edimax WAP-1750.

Each product is a three-stream (3x3) 802.11ac access point designed for small and midsized business (SMB) environments and up. Each includes a built-in controller to centrally manage multiple access points.

The Cisco unit cost the most and was the slowest in our throughput tests, but it was also the easiest to set up and came packed with useful features. The WAP371 offers a setup wizard, built-in controller for up to eight access points, great captive portal functionality, band steering and packet capture. (Captive portal functionality is used to set up guest users; band steering helps with performance and packet capture is useful for troubleshooting.)

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