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Q: I need a recommendation for a wireless access point ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: I need a recommendation for a wireless access point
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: sherpaj-ga
List Price: $7.00
Posted: 07 Sep 2004 04:06 PDT
Expires: 07 Oct 2004 04:06 PDT
Question ID: 397825
I need a recommendation for a wireless access point

I want to replace my Linksys WAP 11s.

Our office used to have just 1 single Linksys wap-11 access point on
channel 6. It always worked good.  Coverage on the outer parts of the
office was very weak, so I added second access point.  That is when
the problem started.

#1 ? laptops would have problems connecting. 
#2 ? laptop world do a poor job of roaming between the access points. 
It works, but isn?t reliable.

I put one on channel 1 and the other on channel 11 with the same ssid.
 also,. I updated the firmware, but still  no luck.

Is there an access point on the market that works well and meets these
simple requirements.  One that make it easy to roam.

I am buying a new router, a sonicwall, this week, so now is a good
time to get new access points also.

-	must be 802.11 b and g
-	must be Very easy to setup
-	must be easy to set SSID on it
-	must have a built in web browser for changing the channel and ssid. 
I assume it could default to a 192.168.1.x based network.

thanx in advnce
Subject: Re: I need a recommendation for a wireless access point
Answered By: gregaw-ga on 09 Sep 2004 14:58 PDT
I'm with you on the decision to move away from the Linksys access
points.  They are great for home, but have no place in a "must be
working" work environment.

I've used a unit from Orinoco and been very pleased with it.  I can't
say I've ever tried to use more than one in a given location, but
after reading over the data sheets, that doesn't appear to be a
problem.  They have a "wireless repeating functionality".  The unit
that I'm recommending is the Orinoco AP-2000.  They cost around $500
each.  Always remember that you get what you pay for.

I've been very pleased with the performance of the AP-500's that I've
used.  The 500's are "b" only.  They do have the web interface for
easy access to the management pages.

If you do purchase these units you can get the antenna for them as
well.  This will ensure that you get the range out of them that you
want.  They are an additional $60 dollars.

I know the cost is a lot more than the Linksys, but if you want an
access point that "work well" than this is for you.


Clarification of Answer by gregaw-ga on 09 Sep 2004 14:59 PDT
Sorry I keep refering to it as an "Orinoco" unit.  They are now known as "Proxim".
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