First Look: ZyXEL NWA-3166 Streamlines Wireless-Network Management

PCWorld: ZyXEL NWA-3166 Hybrid Wireless Access Point

The NWA-3166 can function in three different modes, offering SMBs flexibility in how they set up and configure office wireless LANs, at a price they can afford.

“Building and maintaining a wireless network isn’t difficult when all of your employees fit around a single access point. Once you need to juggle radio profiles, security settings, and Quality of Service (QoS) configurations for multiple access points across an office building, a dedicated wireless-management product starts to look compelling.

ZyXEL’s NWA-3166 ($400 as of February 10, 2010) is a “hybrid AP”–a wireless access point that can work as a wireless AP controller, a managed access point, or a stand-alone access point. It’s aimed at small businesses that want to expand a wireless network while minimizing the growing pains and eliminating the need for a dedicated wireless controller.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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