29 May 2011

An old Wireless Access Point (WAP)

Below is my very first Wireless Access Point, which a decade ago cost as much as a computer did.
SMC2655W access point
Its age is evident from the fact that it 'boasts' a speed of 11Mbps - it is an IEEE 802.11b WAP.

Besides its low speed  its other 'feature' that distinguishes it from today's WAPs is its use of SNMP to configure it.  Modern consumer-oriented WAPs may typically be configured using a variety of application layer protocols, of which Web-based configuration is typically the most popular.  Other protocols supported may include Telnet and SSH.  SNMP is typically not supported on modern WAPs.