Hardware Overview of the Access Point
The NETGEAR 802.11ac Wireless Access Point Model WAC104, in this manual referred to as the access point,
supports dual-band concurrent operation at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz with combined throughput of 1.2 Gbps (300 Mbps
at 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps at 5 GHz). The access point can be used in a standalone configuration connected to
a router in a small network or integrated in a larger network.
The chapter contains the following sections:
•Unpack the Access Point on page 6
•Top Panel With LEDs on page 6
•Back Panel on page 7
•Position the Antennas on page 8
•Access Point Label on page 8
The access point provides WiFi and LAN connectivity but is a bridge and not a router.
Therefore, do not connect the access point directly to your DSL or cable modem.
You must connect the access point to a router or, if your network includes a DHCP
server, to a switch or hub that is connected to the DHCP server. (For more information,
see Set Up and Connect the Access Point to Your Router or DHCP Server on page
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Firmware updates with new features and bug fixes are made available from time to time at
downloadcenter.netgear.com. You can check for and download new firmware manually. If
the features or behavior of your product does not match what is described in this guide, you
might need to update your firmware.