Wireless Networks Thread, Zyxel NWA3160-N hybrid wireless solution advice needed in Technical; We have been quoted to have a Zyxel NWA3160-N hybird wireless system installed at the school. The quote has come ...
25th March 2012, 06:09 PM #1
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Zyxel NWA3160-N hybrid wireless solution advice needed
We have been quoted to have a Zyxel NWA3160-N hybird wireless system installed at the school. The quote has come in much cheaper than the other systems we have been quoted for such as the Ruckus Solution.
I just wondered if anyone has tried using these and their thoughts. I found a review at ZyXEL NWA-3160 Wireless Access Point review | Wireless routers | Enterprise | Reviews | PC Pro which shows performance might be poor.
25th March 2012, 07:32 PM #2
Short answer: no. Instead, take a look at http://dl.ubnt.com/datasheets/unifi/..._Datasheet.pdf and Unifi | Ubiquiti Networks, Inc.
you can use one AP in standalone mode and when you're ready, add more with one unit reconfigured as an AP Controller.
The designated AP Controller manages other NWA-3160 units and ZyXEL recently released a firmware upgrade that adds support for up to 24 compatible APs.
25th March 2012, 07:56 PM #3
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Do you have a long answer which explains in more detail why you have said No.
25th March 2012, 08:21 PM #4
We used a combination of 3160's 3166 3500 3550's
They couldn't handle more than around 10 active clients at a time the 3550 external Dual Band Dual Radio was about the best AP of the bunch, which did manage about 30 clients a radio.
In my own experience it's ideally suited to small businesses that just need a simple to manage solution with a few clients, the dedicated gateway devices with captive guest portal are again ideal for the small B&B, Hotel or Bar.
The ZyXel NWA5000 is the enterprise class kit.
I have whole bunch of this stuff destined for EBay if your interested... I wouldn't recommend it myself been there seen it done it.
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