Datto Networking: Network Deployment Guide Part 1



This article describes the terminology used when building a wireless network with Datto Networking equipment.


  • Datto Network Manager
  • Datto Routers
  • Datto Access Points


This article is the first part of a guide to planning a cloud-managed wireless mesh network with Datto Networking. Datto Networking equipment makes it easy to build, manage, and monitor wireless networks from anywhere in the world. You can use these components to extend wireless coverage throughout a hotel, office, neighborhood, and just about anywhere else, often without any additional Ethernet cabling.

For additional details on how to configure your access points, see Datto Networking: Datto Access Points: Getting Started.

Basic terminology

Network: A group of computers or devices that can communicate with each other.

Bandwidth: The amount of capacity available to transfer data, such as web sites, social media, voice calls or streaming video, over a network. Bandwidth is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).

Gateway: A Datto-compatible router connected to the Internet (usually through a DSL modem, cable modem, or LAN).

Repeater: A Datto-compatible router, not connected to the Internet, that repeats the signals from local computers and other nodes to the gateway.

Node: A generic name for a Datto-compatible router or access point, which can be either a gateway or a repeater.

All Datto Networking devices configure themselves; they become gateways or repeaters depending on whether they are hard-wired to the Internet.

Next: Choosing Bandwith, Access Points, and Enclosures

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