which WLAN access point to choose

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Remco Meeder, Sep 27, 2004.

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    Remco Meeder Guest

    For my company I have to set up a small wireless network consisting of a
    maximum of 10-15 devices ranging from a desktop PC to a PDA, but mostly 2 or
    3 devices will use it at any given time.

    All devices which will be able to use the network allready have a wireless
    interface. The main problem is which accesspoint to choose.

    Is a cheap d-link, netgear, linksys, 3com accesspoint enough for normal use?
    Are they reliable enough?
    Or do I have to go with a 3 times more expensive SMC accesspoint?

    There are so many different AP's to choose from that I can't choose anymore.
    At home, I have a Linksys WRT54G which works perfectly, but is a device like
    that suited for a small office environments?


    Remco Meeder, Sep 27, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    Due to the SP2 issues out there concerning Wireless Networks I would
    recommend going with a Microsoft Access Point product!!!
    Guest, Sep 27, 2004
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    Remco Meeder Guest

    Anyway... All XP SP2 machines here have the security center and the firewall
    disabled. Now to find a way to remove that silly security center all

    But, does MS have any wireless products? Our trusty dealer doesn't sell MS
    networking products.

    Remco Meeder, Sep 27, 2004
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    Jeff Durham Guest

    I would go with a Linksys or Netgear access point. The others are probably
    just fine as well. Just make sure they support the encryption methods you
    desire. If you go with a "g" mode access point, you will probably need to
    run it in mixed mode as I bet that some or all of your devices are "b" mode.
    You might even consider setting up multiple access points depending upon how
    much range you need to cover.

    For multiple access points, here are some things to keep in mind:
    - All settings such as SSID and encryption need to be identical between the
    access points.
    - The IP address used for configuration of the access point must be unique
    (nothing new here)
    - Channel selection is important. You want to choose non-overlapping
    channels which need to be about 5 apart from each other. If you have three
    access points, channels 1, 6, and 11 are good choices. If you have two
    access points, then 1,6, or 2,7, or 3,8, and so forth. Even 1, 11 is a good
    choice for two access points. If you have three access points, the one in
    the middle needs to be different than the two outer ones. The two outer
    ones can be the same if they are far enough apart distance wise not to
    interfere with each other.

    Jeff Durham, Sep 27, 2004
  6. Remco Meeder

    Jack Guest

    There are few ways to go about it.

    If you have 10 to 15 users at the same time and you want a stable Wireless
    capacity, I would go with Mid Level Wireless Hardware.

    Look at the Proxim/Orinoco Line.

    For Entry Level Hardware you might find a lot of info here: www.ezlan.net

    Jack (MVP-Networking).
    Jack, Sep 28, 2004
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