Best Wireless Access Points That Won’t Cost You a Fortune

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So, you are looking to improve your wireless network at home or the office without spending tons of money. You could just buy a cheap consumer grade router / access point from your local shop, however that is most likely not going to provide you any more performance than what you already have. Consumer grade hardware typically is buggy, lacks important features, lacks updates, and is not as powerful or fast as enterprise grade hardware.

Three of the most well known companies that provide enterprise grade wireless products are Cisco, Juniper, and Aruba. They provide excellent products, but typically at a very high cost. Some of their access points can cost thousands of dollars per unit which may not be very realistic for your home or business.

Here are some less expensive alternatives that offer great features and performance.

Ubiquiti UAP-AC or Ubiquiti UAP-AC Outdoor
EnGenius ECB1750 or EnGenius ENH1750EXT
IgniteNet SunSpot AC1200

You’ll be able to buy these for somewhere between 100$ and 500$ USD depending on where you buy from and sales prices. They are still going to be more expensive than the cheap consumer ones at your local store, but remember that you always get what you pay for especially in electronics.

Ubiquiti
Pros: Known for Stability, Security, Features, and Great Admin Interface
Cons: UniFi Controller Software Requires Java (I’m Not A Fan of Java)

EnGenius
Pros: 29 dBm Transmit Power & 6 Detachable 5 dBi Omni-Directional Antennas
Cons: Clunky/Ugly Admin Interface

IgniteNet
Pros: Least Expensive, Optional Cloud Administration Controller
Cons: Not As Well Known, Relatively New

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