(this is a personal purchase, not a school one)
I'm hunting high and low for a network switch of at least four ports with wireless built-in, but not a router, modem etc. It should act just like a combined switch and wireless access point, and preferably for less than about £50. I'm hoping Simon or Dan will have some bright ideas
Bonus marks if it also supports WPA(2)-PSK, beer if it supports WPA(2)-Radius or 802.11a (having both doesn't get you double beer, sorry).
something similiar to this
dabs.com - Edimax Wireless Access Point & 5-Port Switch (EW-7209APG)
Obviously not sure about edimax though as a make and also it states to set a static ip address as it wont pickup an ip address from dhcp ( not sure if that includes a dhcp reservation ) ??
Unless you get into the ruckus side of things
Simon can help you with the Ruckus side of things though
personally I would steer clear of Edimax as a brand , they have quite a high return rate,
Wireless Access Point Router w/ 4-Port Switch 802.11g £50.00inc vat Free Del
All-in-one Internet-sharing Router, 4-port
Switch, and Wireless-G (draft 802.11g) Access Point
Wireless data rates up to 54Mbps--5 times faster than Wireless-B (802.11b)
Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
Also interoperates with Wireless-B devices (at 11Mbps)
Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption, MAC or IP address filtering
Note: This router requires an external cable or DSL modem with an Ethernet interface
mac_shinobi (24th August 2009)
Buffalo with dd-wrt on it?
Personally I would just use a dedicated switch and buy a seperate wireless access point ie a linksys or netgear 8 or 10 port gigabit switch and a Pre N wireless access point ie linksys or netgear
Personally I would use the same make of switch and WAP ie if you go with linksys then use linksys for both and the same for netgear.
All this connects to my Thompson Speedtouch 546 ADSL router, which is not wireless.
The make of switch should not have any influence on make of WAP, if this was the case we would all being buying laptops/ PCs with NICs to match our home network equipment!
Actually that Edimax thing is nearly perfect, except I don't trust them. It's put me on the right track to finding this though:
Buffalo Technology - Products - WLI-TX4-AG300N : Wireless-N Nfiniti Dual Band Ethernet Converter
This is the only bit that makes me worry: "Up to four wired devices can be converted to wireless, you don't need to have a LAN cable from each device to your router" but I presume that's because it's replacing a four-port switch and they've just muddled the words.
Simon, if you can beat £50 inc vat and delivery, and you can take a personal order by debit card or transfer, I'll order it today
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