Your thoughts on repairing or replacing wireless part of network
We have a wireless net work based around 15 or so WiFi points and a HP Procurve controller. The controller is faulty, and there is no wireless available at the moment. We have been advised that the HP network points need to be run by either this repaired (but don't know the cost or time delay) HP controller, or replaced by another (later model) HP controller.
A new replacement is expensive.
We have also been advised that we could replace the HP system with an alternative set-up, minus any wireless controller. Software driven, but it would also involve replacing the HP WiFi points with alternative items, as the HP devices would not be compatible with this new set-up.
Cost wise, if we only had 10 WiFi points or so it would be cheaper to ditch the HP system, but with having 15 points to replace the cost advantage tilts towards replacing the HP controller.
My question is about the longer view and serviceability of having a wireless system that is dependant on one item that is critical to the entire set-up working.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of both systems?
We also have a wired network (which is working OK), but the wireless network will become more critical in the next 12 months or so as we move over to a laptop/tablet based environment.