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Lab Investigating Wireless Implementations

Part 1: Explore Integrated Wireless Routers
Part 2: Explore Wireless Access Points

Background / Scenario
The number of mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops, continues to increase. These
mobile devices can connect via integrated wireless routers or wireless access points (WAPs) to access the
Internet and other network resources. Wireless routers are typically employed in home and small business
networks. WAPs are more common in larger, more complex networks.
In this lab, you will explore some integrated wireless routers and Cisco WAPs. You will access online
emulators for some of Linksys routers and Cisco WAPs. The emulators imitate the configuration screens for
the Linksys routers and Cisco WAPs.

Required Resources
Device with Internet access

Part 1: Explore Integrated Wireless Routers

Integrated wireless routers usually perform the functions of the following devices:
- a switch by connecting wired devices
- an access point by connecting wireless devices
- a router/gateway by providing access to the Internet through a modem to the ISP
Currently there are many different broadcast standards for wireless routers:
- 802.11b
- 802.11g
- 802.11n
- 802.11ac
The differences between these standards are speed and signal strength. In addition to the standards, each
integrated wireless router may have features that meet your network requirement, such as content filtering,
QoS, IPv6 support, and wireless security.
In Part 1, you will search the Internet for three different wireless routers and create a list of the important
router feature by recording them in the following table. During your search, you can also record additional
features that are important to you in the Other Features column in the table.
To explore emulators for some of the Linksys routers, go to
Note: The Linksys emulators may not provide the most current version of the firmware.

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IPv6- Wireless
Brand/Model Price Enabled Security Band Other Features

Separate Guest
Network, 4 Gigabit
Ethernet Ports, QoS,
remote administration
Dual-band N (2.4 from mobile devices,
Linksys/EA4500 $129.99 USD Yes WPA2 GHz and 5 GHz) such as smart phones
Asus WPA2, WPS it has 8 number of
RT-AC88U (Wi-Fi Protected
Wired LAN Ports
Dual-Band $293.95 WPA2-Enterprise, 802.11 b/g/n (Excluding WAN
Router USD Yes Authentification, Port)

Linksys EA7500 WEP, WPA, 802.11n (2.4+5 delivers speedy

Max-Stream GHz Dualband), dual-band and MU-MIMO
(Wi-Fi Protected
AC1900 Setup), 802.11b, performance, and offers a
$189.00 Yes solid array of ports and
802.11g management settings.
Gigabit Router
WEP, WPA, AC1900 Wi-Fi speeds up to 1900
Arris 802.11n (2.4+5 Mbps- Dual-band concurrent N600+
SBR-AC1900P (Wi-Fi Protected GHz Dualband), AC1300 Mbps speeds, 6
high-performance antenna with Wi-Fi
Surfboard Wi-Fi $179.95 Setup), 802.11g, Beamforming for maximum coverage
WPA2-Enterpris and performance, 4 Gigabit Ethernet
Router With USD Yes e
802.11a, ports & Fast, secure USB 2.0 port
RipCurrent 802.11ac and USB 3.0 ports.

After you have completed the table above, determine which integrated wireless router you would choose for
your home. Explain your choice.
I will choose the Arris SBR-AC1900P Suftboard Router with RipCurrent because if you compare the three
routers this router only is the cheapest, its band is OK in using it in the house and also its features.

Part 2: Explore Wireless Access Points

Unlike integrated wireless routers, a WAP does not have integrated switch and router functions. A WAP only
allows users to access the network wirelessly using mobile devices and provides a connection to the main
wired network infrastructure. With the correct user credentials, wireless users can access resources on the
In this part, you will explore two Cisco WAPs, WAP321 and AP541N. Ciscos website (
can provide you with technical specifications regarding these WAPs. Furthermore, online emulators are also
available at the following links:
To access an online WAP321 emulator, go to
To access an online AP541N emulator, go to

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Model Security Band Other Features / Comments

Highly secure, high-speed 802.11n wireless networking delivers enhanced

throughput and extended range for bandwidth-intensive applications. Single
Point Setup controllerless multi-access point deployment and management
WAP321 technology makes configuration simple. Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface
provides high-speed connectivity for faster downloads and demanding
applications. Selectable-band wireless access lets you switch bands to
minimize interference from other office devices and improve performance.

Clustering Technology: Simplifies wireless deployments by creating a single point of administration

for multiple access points
Superior Performance: Provides a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface for higher throughput
Robust Security: Supports business-class security encryptions (WPA2, 802.1x supplicant), and
authentication for client compatibility, MAC address authentication, client isolation, and rogue access
AP541N point detection
Voice Roaming: Allows for client fast roaming while maintaining good voice quality with 802.11i
Power Options: Uses both standard AC power and Power over Ethernet (PoE), simplifying
installations in locations such as drop ceilings where power outlets may not be accessible
Limited lifetime warranty.

What features on the wireless routers or WAPs are important for your network? Why?
Therefore i conclude that wireless security is important because unauthorized wireless access to the
network can have devastating consequences, such as loss of confidential company information.

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