TP-Link AP500 Home Wireless AC Access Point
TP-link introduces AP500 wireless AC1900 Access Point you can use to upgrade your legacy wireless N network with high speed wireless AC1900 network in homes, ideal for high speed 4K video streaming or smooth online gaming in home or any other bandwidth intensive application tasks.
Why Access Point
Many people prefer a wireless cable modem gateway – a single compact all-in-one device that integrates wireless router with built-in cable modem device to provide wifi network in homes or small offices. For example high speed Arris Surfboard SBG7580AC cable modem with wifi – the fastest 32/8 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with wireless AC1750 router, Arris Surfboard SBG6700 cable modem wifi, or entry level TP-link TC-W7960 cable modem gateway. The first two products are based on wireless AC technology, while TC-W7960 is still based on wireless N300.
A single device cable modem with wifi router is easy to manage, easy to install and save space on your table no clutter of devices. However, when you require to upgrade the wifi speed you have to replace the whole thing. For example, with TP-link TC-W7960 which is based on wireless N300 technology your upgrade options are replacing the whole thing or adding a wireless AC access point connected to the modem gateway.
TP-link AP500 is wireless AC 1900 access point you can add to your cable modem gateway to provide high speed wireless AC1900 network instead of replacing your gateway. AP500 comes with gigabit Ethernet port you can connect to Ethernet port of your modem gateway or connect to your Ethernet switch.
AP500 wireless ac access point delivers dual band speeds of up to 1300Mbps @5GHz band and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz band simultaneously. It supports Beamforming technology for targeted wifi clients with solid wifi signal while roaming within the network.
To get the benefit of beamforming technology your wireless adapters should support Beamforming technology too. There are some models of wireless AC USB adapters supports Beamforming for example D-link DWA-192 and Edimax EW-7833 USB adapter. See also top 5 USB AC Adapters and best high speed USB AC adapters. You may also upgrade your legacy USB adapters with these product to get optimum connection to TP-link AP500 wireless AC access point.
- Based on wireless AC1900 dual band
- Speeds up to 1600Mbps @5GHz band and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz band
- 3x dual band detachable external antennas
- Ready with beamforming technology
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
- Can be configured as wireless AP, repeater/ bridge, client, multi SSID
- Powered by 1GHz dual core processor
TP-link AP500 wireless AC1900 access point can be configured in multiple mode of operations including AP mode when you connect it to the router LAN port via UTP network cable or you can configure it as wireless repeater, wireless client or multi SSID mode.
This product is ideal for homes, or small home office with broadband internet connection including cable, DSL and fiber optic services. For businesses, this product might not very effective. TP-link offers business class wireless access point with its EAP series either N or AC based access point.
If you need to build a wireless network for your offices to share broadband internet connection, adding home wireless ac access point might not be appropriate particularly when you are planning to expand more clients in line with growing of your business. Instead of adding TP-link AP500 home wireless ac access point connecting to the modem gateway, adding business class wireless ac access point is a better idea.
Ubiquity UAP-AC-LITE is one of most popular business class AP you can start from a single device and you can add two, three and up to thousands AP devices in line with the expanding of your business. The good thing is that you can control all of them from a single unified management system.
- Dual band 802.11ac AP
- 2×2 MIMO technology with 2x 3dBi dual band antennas
- 4 SSIDs each band
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
- Unifi non-dedicated software controller in a local computer, private cloud or public cloud
- Unlimited scalability, start from one device to unlimited AP devices
- POE supports
The price each of the device is not costly, it’s around $80 each. It is worth of adding one Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE to build a wireless network in your office. Invest your time by hassle of running UTP network cable from the router to each of the wireless ac access point. When the requirement of adding more AP devices exists, you can easily add more devices and manage them from a single computer anywhere. When you expand to remote sites, you still can manage in a single management system anywhere.
You may also like another Ubiquiti business class AC1200 AC.
TP-link AP500 is one of high performance wireless AC access point for homes with dual band simultaneously with speeds of up to 1300Mbps @5GHz and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz. To start for a small office, adding Ubiquiti UAP-AC-LITE is ideal solution for businesses.