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    Wireless Access Points

    We are about to buy Wireless Access Points for our laptop trolley's for the Science Faculty and Art & Design Faculty.

    We are considering Netgear WG102 ProSafe??!!

    Just wanted to know what other schools are using and any recommendations.

    Thanks

    Kiran

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    We use HP Procurve 420 AP's. And have had no problems at all with them up to now. We have 16 around wall mounted around the school.

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    I am just about to organise a loan of some of those pro-safes from Netgear for eval in my place to see how good they are as we have very thick walls that eat wifi signal strength like theres no tomorrow. If its like the older Netgear APs they should be good stuff.

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    Ok Cisco are expensive. We have 12 of the Aironet 1200 series and 20 of the older 350 series. Apart from the 1200s being shipped with the wrong firmware they're really reliable.

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    We've got two 3Com Wireless 7760's sat on the side about to be installed into ours. I have absolutely no idea whether they are any good, but they've got to be better than the one Netgear cr@ppy thing that was sat in there before...

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    3com 8750's but if I were to do the whole site from scratch (we have about 95% coverage) I'd use cheaper 'dumb' access points and a concentrator to do the fancy stuff.

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    I have just installed Cisco 1150 series access points, and they are very reliable and very easy to configue aswell.... but like Ueline said they can be expensive

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    We have about 55 Cisco 1100's

    Solid and reliable, signal range isnt outstanding, but there are so many different types of building on this site its to be expected

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    Procurve 420's for me now as well moving from Buffalo can have multiple SSID's and vlans on the ProCurves.

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    We are considering Netgear WG102 ProSafe??!!
    I've had a relatively good experience with a few of these (WAG302). They seem a good low-budget solution.

    I'm interested in the Procurves. Can the access points be configured to connect the user to VLAN X depending upon which SSID they connect to?

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    meastaugh1: I believe yes as each SSID can have different vlans associated with it.

    Ben

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    Hi we have just installed an Aruba system (36 APs) to replace the 56 HP 420's we had in place. Even though the 420's are the most solid of all the AP's we have used the inability to control all the channels / bandwidth settings from a central place was a big negative. This new system is fantastic ,worth a look if your looking for a substantial wireless system and seems to be extrememly stable.

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    I must concur with RMSSupport here. I have a Bluesocket system (also centrally managed) and it's much easier to maintain.

    The centrally managed systems obviously aren't as cheap initially but I suspect that they soon pay for themselves. Take for instance an AP firmware upgrade... say 10 mins at each AP and 2 mins walking between APs in a conventional system - 3 or 4 clicks using Bluesocket - time saving approx. 2 hours for 20 APs!

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    I'l be using the rather cheap 'n' cheerful.... WRT54GL

    I've just used one with custom firmware, to link the music room to the main building.... here's the thread regarding it:

    http://www.linksysinfo.org/portal/fo...ad.php?t=48482

    It was pretty easy, though most of its still lost on me.

    With the custom firmware, the unit supports all sorts - including WDS which has its good and bad points I believe.

    But for the pretty small cost of these units, I think its a good way to get AP's.

    Enjoy and feel free to ask me questions on messenger or PM's etc.

    Nath.

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    Re: Wireless Access Points

    Airwave's AMP software can be used to centrally manage thick and thin access points and they have linked with Aruba to manage both the Aruba centrally manageable access points and others.

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