Wireless 101 - Ethernet bridges, hubs and receivers, and Wi-Fi access points

The difference between wireless Ethernet bridges, hubs and receivers, and Wi-Fi access points. 

 

Wireless Ethernet Bridges 2 anntenas

Wireless Ethernet bridges are used when you want to wirelessly connect one location to another which is sometime referred to as point-to-point wireless communication. Bridges are used in pairs, transmit in a straight line, and must “see” each other (no obstacles). 

They can be used instead of running a CAT 5 or CAT 6 Ethernet cable from one location to another and usually cost less than running a cable. The maximum length you can run a cable is 100 metres, whereas, bridges can transmit up to 8 kilometres (further if mounted higher). 


Wireless Ethernet Hubs 

Wireless hubs and rings

Wireless Ethernet hubs create a wireless Ethernet dome that can cover an area up to 5 kilometres in diameter.

Additional Hubs can be used within the dome up to 2.5 kilometres away from another hub to access the wireless Ethernet signal. In addition to accessing the wireless Ethernet signal, each Hub creates a new dome allowing you to extend Ethernet coverage over large areas. 

Intelliconn’s Hubs also create a Wi-Fi access point, or hotspot, with a diameter of up to 200 metres. 

Wireless Ethernet Receivers

Wireless Ethernet receivers receive and transmit an Ethernet signal within a dome. They can be connected to various devices with an Ethernet connection.

Ethernet Receivers are used when you do not need to create additional domes or a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

 

Wi-Fi Access Points

Wi-Fi Access points allow Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect to the Internet. Access points create what are sometime referred to as Wi-Fi hotspots.

wifi ultra access point

Access points are sometimes included inside a router or modem. However, stand-alone access points that are externally connected to a router generally have better range.

 

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