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i need to setup at least 5 wireless access points (POE) in a condo building.

any reccomendations on brand/model?
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by:justadad
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How many people need to access?  If you anticipate each one serving more than 10 devices (computers, iphones, etc) simultaneously then I would go with the more expensive units such as Cisco and HP.  If under 10 devices each then you could use the Linksys or Netgear or Dlink units.

The cut off is somewhere between 10 and 15 for the cheaper to the more expensive.  Then again if more than 40 you will need to deploy more WAPs or put in even more specialised and expensive stuff.
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by:datatechdc
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each floor has 3 condo units. i would say no more than 6 users per floor.

i was thinking of using hte netgear poe wap. putting one on each floor.

they also need a router to manage these; the netgear business series should be fine?
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by:dontseme
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Motorola has a good and inexpensive (compaired to others) solution
http://www.motorola.com/Business/US-EN/Business+Product+and+Services/Wireless+LAN/Wireless+Switches
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That would make sense.  Netgear, Linksys or DLink should be fine in that case.  I would definitely go with POE so you have less things out where they are to have problems with.  A business series router would be the way to go or a PC running the opensource pfSense (pfsense.org).  We use pfSense at our business location and I am immensely pleased with it especially compared to the more expensive Cisco unit we replaced it with.
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do you know of any netgear business routers?
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by:theonlyallan
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I recommend the Engenius EAP-3660.. They are Small, Powerful (600mW), and Stylish.. They look like Smoke Detectors...  Pair those up with a Decent Router/Switch and you are good to go..  I recommend the Sonicwall NSA 240, or something similar with the ability to block inappropriate traffic..

Here's a link to the Wireless Device:
http://www.engeniustech.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=88:indoor-access-points-client-bridges&id=267:high-power-indoor-access-point-universal-repeater-with-poe&Itemid=122

There's also a N-Version of the device..
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