Access Point selection
Posted on 2008-10-04
I am creating a small, yet true and fully functional (as in assignment of external IP's in a class C block), highspeed WISP for a condo community which will serve roughly 100-150 residences and we would like to do it completely wirelessly. Aside from the Indoor Cisco 1252, are there any other AP's that transmit IAW 802.11n? The best solution would be outdoor 802.11n AP's because the tenants actually own the inside of the units and there are no hallways or HOA owned property connecting the inside of the units. If there are no outdoor varients, could an indoor AP be used outdoors effectively (specifically the Cisco 1252 or some variant)? Also, if not 802.11n, what are some options for highspeed 802.11x variants with low latency? Finally, aside from WDS and a mesh, are there any other setups that will allow dynamic routing across the AP's? IE, if the user wants to walk somewhere on the property and roam between the AP's without losing connection. I've read that mesh and WDS kill the effective bandwidth--presumably due to the hops to get back to the base.
Note: the core setup for the WISP are two DS3's at 25/mbits with BGP redundancy, a cisco 7200 mxr router, and RADIUS server for authentication.