Can I use twoconsumer-grade Wireless Access Points to provide Wireless Internet to about 20 offices?
Posted on 2006-10-23
I am being asked to install wireless access points in my office that will allow one long hallway with about ten offices, a conference room, and a reception area to all have wireless access to the web. They want it to be unsecured, and not have it touch our internal network (so it wouldn't be used for work purposes, but for visitors, as this area has heavy visitor traffic).
I was about to buy a $300 enterprise WAP, but have had a hard time justifying it, as we are not using any of the special security features.
Because there will probably be a maximum of 20 people on each WAP, would it be a bad idea to buy consumer-grade WAP's?
Also, are there any considerations I should make considering the wireless range will probably overlap a little with another wireless access point on the same network? (using the same SSID and on the same port on the firewall?)