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Wireless Access Point for Linux

Hi,

I am looking to upgrade from an old Robotics Wireless Access Point for my home network, and so far I've figured out that I want the 54G standard, and that WPA2 encryption is recommended.  I'm working from Linux, so I want a telnet or web-based management interface, and these are hard to find!   I've read that I could buy a wireless card for a Linux PC or server and program the box as an AP, however the CPU is under my desk and my son's laptop is upstairs.  Since he had problems maintaining an Internet connection from the best line of sight I could manage, I'm concerned that the signal quality from underneath the desk would be marginal at best.  So I'm prepared to buy a WAP, but can't find anything that comes recommended for Linux management at home network prices (~ $80).  

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jar3817Commented:
I've used Linksys wap54g's with linux with no problems. You can buy one of those cheap nat routers instead (usually cheaper than APs) and just plug it into using a lan port, just make sure you disable dhcp on it if you already have a dhcp server.  
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klukacAuthor Commented:
so the Linksys AP lets you open a web browser to its default ip and then change it?
how would a router connect to a wireless AP client without an antenna?  The WAP has to connect to an existing network, so there must be WAPs out there that don't have  any routing / nat / dhcp, given that most networks already have that.  I'm using static ip's behind a nat'd cisco pix firewall, so I don't want to pay for a capability that I don't want and then have to deconflict/disable, if I can avoid it of course.
let me know - I can up the points if this gets complicated.
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BlazCommented:
> I'm working from Linux, so I want a telnet or web-based management interface, and these are hard to find!

I have to disagree. My impression of the current wireless market is that it would be very hard to find an AP/router without web management.

Like jar3817 suggested every wireless router can also act as an AP - some can even be configured as such (and pluged in WAN port), others have to be pluged in LAN port.
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jar3817Commented:
"how would a router connect to a wireless AP client without an antenna? "

I'm talking about a wireless nat router: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833124010

They are cheaper than normal access points and can function identically.
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klukacAuthor Commented:
Thanks!  I'll try it.  
newegg has the additional benefit of free shipping, for the moment at least.  TigerDirect wanted $25 for shipping, enough to make me look elsewhere.
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