The DrayTek VigorAP 902 Simultaneous Dual-Band WiFi PoE Access Point is a wireless access point that can be operated in standalone or centrally managed/monitored mode. This DrayTek VigorAP 902 WiFi PoE Access Point is a high specification professional access point providing reliable and flexible coverage to all manner of applications and is ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN, or for expanding the range of an existing wireless LAN by using the WDS repeater features.
DrayTek Vigor AP902 AC1200 Simultaneous Dual-Band WiFi PoE Access Point (1200Mbps AC)
- Business-class wireless access point with Simultaneous dual-band (2.4/5Ghz).
- Includes four (4) 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports.
- Centrally managed or standalone operation (may require a firmware update).
- PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) as standard. AC/DC mains PSU also supplied.
- 802.1q VLAN Tagging and WPA2 wireless encryption.
- Multiple modes using Repeater/Bridge/Access Point.
- Ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN.
- Dual-LAN – supporting two completely independent LANs.
- Up to four SSIDs for each band (for VLANs) with MAC Address Filtering.
- Operates in different modes to provide enlarged wireless coverage.
- Local temperature monitoring/logging (Optional thermometer accessory required).
- Central Management supports mobility, load-balancing, monitoring, status, upgrade and configuration.
- Wall mountable.
Simultaneous dual-band operation
The DrayTek VigorAP 902 WiFi PoE Access Point supports simultaneous operation of the common 2.4Ghz band and faster 5Ghz band. The 5Ghz band is far less congested so if your PCs or other devices support the 5Ghz band, you can use that. The 5Ghz band is used for 802.11ac (or optionally 802.11n and 802.11a). The DrayTek VigorAP 902 WiFi PoE Access Point operates both bands at the same time, allowing your devices to use either band and each has its own bandwidth so overall wireless capacity is also increased. The 5Ghz interface supports the full range of extended domestic 5Ghz channels, thank to its support for DFS/TPC; you can select all 5Ghz channels up to channel 140, as opposed to just the 4 ‘Band A-Lower’ channels (which provides only two non-overlapping channels).
It has support for Band Steering which can be configured to guide clients that are able to connect to 5GHz wireless networks onto this band instead of the more congested 2.4GHz band, which results in client connections being shared between the two frequencies more evenly, potentially increasing the number of wireless clients that can be connected to each DrayTek VigorAP 902 Access Point.
Gigabit Ethernet Ports
The DrayTek VigorAP 902 WiFi PoE Access Point has five wired Ethernet ports (separated into two distinct separated LANs). LAN A and LAN B can be fed separately and in turn broadcast on independent and isolated SSIDs. As the ports are all Gigabit, you can be sure that the AP is fed at the maximum speed in order to fully satisfy the full speed of both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands simultaneously. The four ports on LAN A are particularly of use if you are using the AP as a wireless bridge as you can then connect wired PCs or devices to it. LAN Port 3 on LAN-A is also used as the PoE input if you’re powering the AP by PoE.
The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point can operate in standalone autonomous mode, but can also form part of a centrally managed wireless installation by adding a compatible DrayTek wireless controller (a Vigor2860, 2925, 2952 or 3220). This enables you to centrally control, manage and administer multiple AP devices installed around your building/campus. Management also enables efficient usage of your wireless access point through load-balancing, whereby wireless clients are distributed across several access points to reduce congestion.
Wireless security and VLANs
The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point features multiple levels of wireless security. Encryption using WPA2 (802.11i) is available and you can also use the access control list (ACL) to specify the hardware addresses of clients which are permitted to connect (by MAC hardware address). Any unauthorised hardware is refused access.
For additional user authentication, you can activate 802.1x RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-in User Service) which allows you to centrally manage and store user names and passwords either within the AP setup itself (thus not needing any external server) on an external radius server which can permit time limited, temporary or continuous access to your clients as required. The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point supports the 802.1q VLAN protocol so that if it is connected to an 802.1q enabled LAN, it can split tagged data (whether it’s different subnets or intended for different users) and broadcast each on its own SSID. This means, for example, that your guest WiFi access is provided on a separate isolated SSID with no access to your company data.
Local temperature logging and alarm
As your DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point(s) will be distributed around your building, it’s an ideal opportunity to also gather environmental information about those locations. By the addtition of an optional USB temperature sensor, your VigorAP 902 can report real-time local temperature information, show the previous 24 hour’s chart and also set high/low alarms to alert/log if the temperature falls above or below your set levels. This facility is ideal for detecting if any part of your building is over or under-heated or if heating/cooling has been left on overnight and therefore helping to make more efficient use of your heating or cooling energy consumption, potentially saving cost.
The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point’s USB interface can instead connect to a regular printer. That printer is then accessible from any wireless or wired PC which connects to the DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point, or a PC anywhere else on the network. This is ideal to provide printer access to wireless laptops but could also be used for installing a printer elsewhere in your home/office by using a pair of the DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Points to make a bridge.
WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)
Wireless Security (encryption) is important to protect your data (privacy) but also to prevent unauthorised people from accessing your network or your Internet connection. The WPS system means that instead of having to create and enter long encryption keys, you can activate WPS registration. To activate, you press and hold the WPS button, then activate WPS on your wireless device; the two devices then automatically exchange encryption keys. WPS can be disabled if not required or for more security.
The same button on the DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point also serves as a physical on/off switch for the Wireless LAN if you wish to quickly disable it at any time, whilst still leaving your wired ports active.
The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point can act as a standalone wireless access point, ideal for adding wireless connectivity to an existing LAN but also operates in several other wireless modes to provide enlarged wireless coverage or wireless bridges to other parts of your LAN. Many different configurations are possible:
- Universal Repeater (2.4GHz/5GHz) – Wirelessly extend network coverage with the VigorAP operating as a wireless client, repeating that signal to extend coverage and bridging the LAN ports of the Access Point across the network.
- Station Infrastructure – Wirelessly extends network coverage with the VigorAP connecting to a wireless network and bridging wired network devices connected to the Access Point’s LAN ports across the network.
- AP Bridge-Point to Point – Connects two VigorAP Access Points as a wireless bridge, allowing wired network devices to communicate across the link.
- AP Bridge-Point to Multi-Point – Connects two or more VigorAP Access Points as a wireless bridge, allowing wired network devices to communicate across the link.
- AP Bridge WDS (Wireless Distribution System) – Connects two or more VigorAP Access Points or DrayTek wireless routers as a wireless bridge, allowing wired network devices to communicate across the link. The VigorAP can also broadcast a wireless network to increase wireless coverage.
Power over Ethernet
The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point supports PoE (Standard IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet) as standard (built-in) so if the AP is connected to a PoE-enabled Ethernet switch or PoE injector, you don’t need any local power to the unit (power supply) – the VigorAP 902 will take its power from the Ethernet cable. The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point supports Gigabit PoE (if you have a Gigabit PoE switch/injector) such as our VigorSwitch P2261 or P1090 models (or any other 802.3af device).
PoE is ideal for situations where you do not have mains power available in the exact location where you want to install the DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point or just for general aesthetic neatness, perhaps where the AP is installed somewhere prominent. The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point is also supplied with an AC/DC mains PSU for installations where you are not using PoE.
The DrayTek Vigor AP-902 WiFi PoE Access Point can support two completely independent LANs. Each is connected via its own independent RJ45 Ethernet interface. There are Ethernet RJ45 interfaces for LAN A (4 ports) and LAN B (one port). These networks remain completely isolated from each other. Each LAN can be assigned its own separate Wireless SSID so they remain separated even on the Wireless LAN. This is the equivalent of having two completely separate access points and ideal for public and private networks in the same location or wireless LANs for two separate companies.
Having two physical LAN interfaces provides a much simpler alternative to using tagged VLANs and/or a Radius server for authentication. It is also much easier/quicker to set up (that said, the AP can also support tagged VLANs and Radius).