Gateway device

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A wireless gateway is a computer networking device that routes packets from a wireless LAN to another network, typically a wired WAN. Wireless gateways combine the functions of a wireless access point, a router, and often provide firewall functions as well.

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When a standard AP device might prove underpowered for the volume of wireless clients (more than, say, 50 simultaneous connections), Hautspot moves up to the next level of hardware, the Sputnik Gateway 730 device or the Cisco E2000 or E3000. The Gateway 730 does not include an access point, but rather de-couples the gateway functionality found in the Cisco E2000 and other Sputnik Agent-enabled AP's, relying upon stand-alone AP devices, such as Tropos, Ubiquiti, or other similar unit(s) for wireless connectivity.