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    Exclamation Wireless Network Vendor Report

    As you all know, I did a wireless networking vendor report (roughly) 3 years ago, and I am looking to do another one to give all vendors a fair test.

    If it helps, here is a run down of my place
    • Urban school, built in the 60s, every wall is steel mesh lined and solid concrete (and I do mean, EVERY wall).
    • Over 90 rogue AP's within 200m radius of our school, all of which gets picked up by laptops etc (albeit very weak).
    • Satellite uplinks to 8 other school on WAN which can induce some interference
    • Permanent police presence less than 500m from our building (stationed at a firestation) and they use mobile satellites, portable airwave tetra repeaters, and surveillance vans a lot!


    We are looking at running Ruckus N in the future (upgrading what we have now), but a fair test will go out to other vendors. I make it known now, that they will not be picked as the bosses are exceedingly happy with what we have, and want to upgrade on it, however I want to update my wireless test results.

    So far on the list is is as follows
    • Aerohive
    • Aruba
    • Cisco
    • Extricom
    • HP
    • Linksys
    • Meraki
    • Meru
    • Motorola
    • Netgear
    • Ruckus
    • Xirrus


    If there are any other vendors you would like up on here, please give me a heads up and I will add them too the list. My aim is to have a full test done by the end of Summer term, after which, the results will be emailed to the UK Directors of each company so they can see how they compare in an environment like mine (which tbh I think is as bad as it gets!)

    Cheers

    Neph
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    Format for the test results

    • Date of test
    • Vendor Name
    • Managed box Model Number
    • Wireless Access Point Model Number
    • Cost of Equipment (Managed Box + 10 APs + 3 year warranty + 3 year updates)
    • Location of Access point (which will be our Science Prep Room, as it has the densest concentration of steel mesh lined walls)
    • Test equipment - We will add the equipment to our network, and connect up 30 laptops with 5mb staff profiles, and see how well it copes with iplayer, and move the equipment at varying locations 10m, 25m, 35m, 55m, 75m, 100m. and post up signal strengths using inSSIDer.
    • Ease of use with the management console (and a picture of it, if vendor will allow the dashboard and admin page to be posted up)


    As stated, this is going to go to the UK Directors of each company so if there are other companies or vendors people think I should test, please tell me

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    I'll drop you over a report format on Tuesday which will also help analyse risk against educational options (eg bring your own kit)

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    no worries, thank you .

    Trapeze has been added to the list, will contact them shortly.

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    Had emails from 10 companies...they don't want pictures of their dashboard or admin pages on the report or posted elsewhere, so it looks like its descriptions of how easy to use they are etc that will be available.

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    Could you do a test on 2.4 vs 5ghz performance? And if you could get multiple APs a roaming test would be great

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    Arrangement so far is 2 APs, management console, and APs have to be abgn capable.

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    I've used HP Wireless Solutions in my current role and last job.

    HP ProCurve 760 Mobility Controller & HP ProCurve MSM422 Access Point

    Solid as a rock!

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    Well Ian this is what the testing is all about. I am going to give it a completely fair test. I may have ruckus already in the building, but for purpose of testing, we are switching off the system so that we dont have interference from our own system. This is primarily being done for our feeders, but everyone seemed to like my last report, so I am doing another one lol

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    I posted this in the WRONG! thread! sorry!

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    Hi Neph

    We have a 3Com Unified Switch with 24 APs deployed here. I am hoping to deploy the newer 3Com WX3024 shortly with RADIUS so that we can have increased security and N- speeds. The system works very well for us, but I have not tried others. You have HP on your list already and I think they have taken over 3Coms wireless catalogue during the merger rather than keeping their own (I think).

    We have a very good vendor for our networking gear- James Curry at SwitchShop. He may be able to help with test gear as he has been very good to us in this regard.

    Kind regards

    Chris

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    We are using Aruba 800 controllelrs with Aruba a/b/g access points. ~2 years ago we added Netgear WFS709TP controller, as those are relabeled Aruba (with limited software) but with much lower costs. Unfortunately current Netgear wifi systems are no longer based upon Aruba...

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    Aruba and Ruckus

    Aruba Networks

    Date: June 2011
    Manufacturer: Aruba Networks
    Controller: Aruba Networks 3000 Controller
    WAP's: 1 Aruba AP-105 (we have tested more)
    Cost: I can't give that! I can say that it is very decent pricing, at least for us (after discounts).
    Location: Residence Halls (Steel meshed concrete walls), The WAP is located in the hallway and we are stationed in 5 rooms.
    Test Equipment: 5 Laptops, 2 iPods, 1 iPad
    Ease of use: Awesome
    Comments: I found the Aruba controller very easy to use and feature rich. I would personally recommend Aruba. For the amount of data we were pulling and the distance we were located it handled very well.

    Ruckus Wireless

    Date: June 2011
    Manufacturer: Ruckus Wireless
    Controller: Ruckus ZoneDirector 3050
    WAP's: 1 ZoneFlex 7363 (we have tested more)
    Cost: I can't give that! They are by far the best in pricing that we worked with.
    Location: Residence Halls (Steel meshed concrete walls), The WAP is located in the hallway and we are stationed in 5 rooms.
    Test Equipment: 5 Laptops, 2 iPods, 1 iPad
    Ease of use: Good
    Comments: I found the Ruckus controller to work well and have some very unique features. I like the fact that the network can live on if the controller died (not great, but continue to work for those connected) and that all the traffic does not go straight through the controller. I did not personally notice great enhancements with the bandwidth shaping that they claim their controllers have.

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    The hp msm760 is rebadged colubris kit.

    Ben

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    Talking about HP

    - There are the mentioned Colubris based ones: e.g. the MSM460 with 3x3:3 MIMO looks nice, plus e.g. E-MSM76zl controller
    - And the H3C based devices: WA2620E with "only" 3x3:2 MIMO. HP A-WX5004 would be the controller.

    It would be great if you could take a look at both.

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