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reliable access point for our network

I have 35 clients and 7 servers (file servers and two domain controllers) Windows 2000 A.D.
We have 3 laptops which are wireless and roam around the office.

We are using a Netgear WG602 access point. I also use one of these access points at home with two one computer with no problems at all. here in the office this access point gives me problems at least every couple of weeks I have to reboot it. Can someone recommand a good reliable access point for this small setup domain? I need something that is easy to setup and not to expensive under $200.

Any suggestions?
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2hypeCommented:
I have the same problem with most of the Wireless AP's on my network.  I have D-link 514 and they require a reboot every couple of weeks as well.  They seem to work fine at just a users home though.  We have a couple Dlink 624 and I never have to reboot them.  Theses AP's or B not G.

I have heard that some a couple tech's around me have been using the Linksys WAP54G with little trouble.
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nodiscoCommented:
I'm not sure of the price in US but check out Proxim for wireless APs.  They have a new Orinoco 700 out that is very easy to configure and very reliable.  I have several of the 600s running with roaming and have had no problems at all.  Their support is also very efficient and comprehensive
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AZwebCommented:
If I had to make a guess I would say it's not all your access point causing the problem.
If you are re-booting then it works fine for a while it sounds like it is losing sync with the rest of your network. Changing to another access point will most likely see the same problem.
I have a Netgear wireless access point running at home and it can run for a year without a reboot if I am not making any changes to the setup.

Just a thought...
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BILJAXCommented:
I can vouch for the Linksys WAP54G, we have 2 of them constantly used with no problems.  Now if you want to overkill, I suggest a Cisco Aronet 1200 :)  

I should note that the cisco (aronet) option is way over $200.

The problem resides in the buffer on the AP not dumping.  Common problem in "cheaper" AP's that aren't really designed to handle a ton of traffic.

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snerkelCommented:
May not be exactly what you was thinking of  but how about plugging the access points into 7-day plug in timers set to turn the AP off between 3am and 3:05am every Sunday (or some other time when nobody is about)
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jsarinanaAuthor Commented:
Biljax thanks,
You mention that you can vouch for the Linksys WAP54G, what kind of LAN are they on and how many users?
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stengeljCommented:
I'll vouch for Orinoco.  I too used their 600s and was very happy with them.  

I setup an entire elementary school/old bomb shelter (5 servers and about 40 nodes on 3 floors) using 5 of them.  They have been in the ceiling for 2 years and nobody even knows where they are anymore--that's how often they needed maintenance!  And, they roam seamlessly.
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RodlabCommented:
I have around 30 LinkSys WAP54Gs in action. Generally in conference and training areas with max of around 8 people on at any one time. I am about to use Symbol's WAPs for a manufacturing environment but these are more expensive but you get what you pay for.

Jason
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BILJAXCommented:
We can typically load 20-30 people on each with ok throughput.  We also have the high-gain antennas installed to boost the range.  If you have the money, Cisco Aronet is the way to go.


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jsarinanaAuthor Commented:
Biljax,
I mension the AP not dumping problem. Any suggestion on how to fix this issue on my Netgear? or if I go with a WAP54G does it also hav this type of problem?
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BILJAXCommented:
In my opinion, you not experience nearly the amount of problems that you do with netgear AP's.


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AZwebCommented:
>In my opinion, you not experience nearly the amount of problems that you do with netgear AP's.

This is a funny statement, in reference to what other brands? NETGEAR is owned and built by Cisco as is now Linksys but the NETGEAR brand is a higher level of product as far as business products and applications.

Many companies such as 3COM and NETGEAR offer a limited amount of home user based products but their main line is above that for the business class. While Linksys main product lines are home user based products. They are adding more small business type products to jump into that market as well but that is not the main focus.

It pretty much comes down to this as my understanding...
    Linksys    - mainly home user applications
    NETGEAR - upper level home to small to mid size business
    Cisco       - mid to large business/corporations

Now there are lots of other brands out there that fit into these levels as well and it all comes down to how much you can afford to fit your application. I would suggest going as high as you can upfront so you don't end up spending twice later on.
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BILJAXCommented:
Yes AZweb, that's why I said that if the asker has the money, to go with Cisco, rather than Netgear/Linksys.

Actually, Nortel own Netgear.  Last time I check, Cisco didn't own Nortel.

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AZwebCommented:
BILJAX,
No problem...I wasn't trying to go against what you said. I have worked with many Linksys products others have purchased and it has been a major headache, while my NETGEAR stuff continues to work flawless. Now I know this can be user influenced and is no way a true comparison.

As for who owns NETGEAR, you may be right...It has been stated on other post here on EE that it was Cisco and I looked briefly to try and verify but didn't see an answer so I may have very well spoken incorrectly.

The one thing we all agree on is don't waste your money on home user based products for a reliable business application if at all possible. Otherwise you may very well end up throwing it away and buying replacements down the road.
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jsarinanaAuthor Commented:
How does one get around my problem then? I have to reboot the AP every 7 days or so.
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AZwebCommented:
Which version of WG602 do you have? If you look at Netgear they may have suggestions.
Have you tried asking Netgear support about your problem?

What type of cards are you using on the 3 laptops? and what software are you using?

On my setup I have the Netgear WAG302 Dual Band AP with Netgear's WAG511 Dual Band wireless PC card and I disabled the Windows wireless networking in favor of the Netgear software. (recommended by Netgear)

We need to narrow down the possibilities to find a fix.
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AZwebCommented:
Oops, small correction I have a WAB102 Dual Band Access Point...not that it really matters
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BILJAXCommented:
You may have to toggle the power on that AP every 48 hours.   Some places have their AP's setup to "reboot" every night at 1am, yes, this is even for the cisco products.   It makes sense, if you think about it.


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snerkelCommented:
I suggested this already


>>>>> May not be exactly what you was thinking of  but how about plugging the access points into 7-day plug in timers set to turn the AP off between 3am and 3:05am every Sunday (or some other time when nobody is about)
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jsarinanaAuthor Commented:
After enabling access control list my A.P. has been sold as a rock.
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