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    Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    Hi,

    My Head has just told me to 'go out and get' a fully reliable wireless system to compliment our existing network and to replace or current crappy set of cheapo wireless APs. Money seems to be no object but I suspect that it will be when she finds out the prices .

    We ideally want a centrally managed system that does not fall over all the time because the surrounding houses with wireless units share the same channels (and there are a lot of them).

    Our laptops vary in age so some are b/g, some are b/g/a and the newer ones are b/g/a/n (draft). All of the houses around us seem to only use 'g' at the moment so we may be able to get ahead of the game for a short while by using 'a' on the laptops that support it. The trouble is we'd have to flood the school with both a & g since all the laptops could move around.

    Do any of you guys know or use any companies that can give us a free survey and supply and fit good kit or have any advise about the sort of things we're looking for?

    Cheers

    HBJB

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    As money is no object, I suggest you contact your local Cicso reseller.

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    As money is no object, I suggest you contact your local Cicso reseller.
    is that a breakaway company from cisco geoff??

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    No, just my keyboard language being set to 'unspellling'.

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    If money was no object I suggest you standardise on g or n first. If its B or doesn't do at least WPA then I would get rid of it.

    You will also want a decent 802.1x authentication system in place.

    If anyone ever said money was no object to me I should think every quote would be 7 digits

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    As money is no object, I suggest you contact your local Cicso reseller.
    Yeah - but the reply when I hand the quotes over will be "I though it would be under £500". lol

    We've been researching the Cisco kit and it seems nice - they even do an armoured outdoor unit that looks like a cross between a pig and a tank.

    HBJB

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    Aruba wireless is excellent. A number of our Customers have had it put in by a good company recently.

    It is cheaper than Cisco, but has all the bells an whistles

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    We've had a Trapeze system here for four months, which is very similar to Aruba in cost and features. Wasnt the easiest to configure initially, but has settled down fine now. We use it for electronic reg and general net/inet access for the 100 or so teachers laptops.

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    Aruba again is good - had a few minor problems to start with but the support was first class and now we have over 50 laptops hanging off the back of it without a problem.
    Good APs, good switch, excellent support and easy management.

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    @DFS - re: Trapeze - have you go these units or something else?. >> They look like smoke alarms.

    @Linescanner & Mattx - are these the folks? >> Link

    Got any contacts I should be talking to?

    HBJB

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    @Heebeejeebee: We had 5 cisco AP1131 fitted in our sportshall to accommodate e registration coupled with 4 Techra M7s tablet pcs, linked to a 3560 24 port cisco switch which is linked to main switch via 0M3 fibre and it all works flawlessly. Less than 10K the lot.

    Advantages are that the teachers can use the tablet PCs as desktops also. Also we can add other laptops for teachers to use in the foyer.

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    The guys we know for Aruba are

    http://www.vanix.co.uk/

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    Caroline Chisholm and NSG have used them.

    Ask to speak to Russ Bristow and mention Cutter Project.

    They are really helpful guys

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    Thanks for the info people. I'm going to ring a local Cisco partner tomorrow and also some of the other names to see if I can get moving on this.

    Ta

    HBJB

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    Re: Looking for a really reliable Wireless system!

    @Linescanner & Mattx - are these the folks? >> Link
    We used Centrecore:

    www.centrecore.com

    The link to Aruba you have correct.

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