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Need to deploy a WAP here at work and I need some recommendations.  I have done it with 3com WAPs. Implemented MAC filtering, disabled SSID BC'ing etc.., used WPA encryption etc etc.

We are looking for a more secure solution. Perhaps even incorporating a radius server.  
Can someone give me a few ideas on where to start? I am on a fresh piece of paper with this one?

I was thinking Cisco WAP . But I have never touched their WAPs.

Also, doesnt Cisco have a proprietary encryption that is supposedly superior to WPA?

Thanks for any help.
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by:JFrederick29
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Cisco Aironet 1200's are excellent Access Points.  They provide changeable antennas as well as more features than you could ever need.  Make sure to get the IOS version of the Aironet 1200 if you go with them.  This will provide you with even more configuration possibilites.  You can also get power injectors for the access points so you don't have to worry about running power into the ceiling at each AP location.  You can setup Radius authentication with the 1200's.  Not sure about the proprietary encryption but I've deployed tons of these access points and have never had any problems with them.  They simply are the best in my opinion.
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Thanks I will look into them.  Is there anything you can attach to these WAPs to greatly boost their signal?  There are small businesses out here, that can broadcast for a good 1/4mile
Thanks
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You can get high gain directional antennas for the access points which will meet your distance requirements.  The 1200's don't have fixed antennas so you need to purchase the antennas seperately.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/wireless/ps430/products_data_sheet09186a008008883b.html
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One thing to note, if you are looking to connect buildings together (different sites), you'll want to use a bridge like a Cisco 1300 instead of access points.  An access point provides network access to end hosts where as a bridge connects multiple LAN's together wirelessly.  You can then connect the bridges together using high gain directional antennas.  Make sure you have a clean line of sight though.
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Thanks Jfrederick. We will only be using the WAP for end users. Using satellite to connect the remote site to headquarters (it is in the middle of nowhere, literally).
Thanks again
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