Hardware is broad term that encompasses virtually all computing devices, from mainframes to laptops, as well as network switches and access points. Managing hardware consumes much of IT's resources, and proving the business value of new hardware often is a challenge, since it tends not to radically alter business processes. Managed infrastructure options, including paying for hardware access as a service, are emerging, but IT still has to manage the boxes.
Access Points, sometimes calls APs or transceivers, are wireless broadcasting stations that connect devices to each other and, typically, a wired network and the Internet. APs have a range of coverage for wireless signals. Even small businesses often need to employ more than one access point to provide complete coverage of their space. Security is a constant concern with APs, which are configured by manufacturers for open access. Many individuals and even businesses are lax about implementing even basic AP security.