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wireless modem routers and access points

Posted on 2010-11-24
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Last Modified: 2013-12-27
We are looking to get an ADSL II connection into the building to allow uers access to the internet. this will be isolated from the company network. and allows users to connect their iphones, data app devices, ipads, etc.... but more so, we dont allow contractors any access to our network, but they usually need internet access, and this will cater for them too.

there are two floors in the building. I am looking for a wireless device that can support a both the large office floors. I thought to connect a wireless modem router and have access points spread out to allow users to work in different parts of the office.

I will have a policy pushed to users with notebooks so that their wireless is disabled when connected to the physical nic.

Am after a great product that can handle supporting about 120 users (I doubt half that will use this.. but... you never know and best to be safe then sorry). there are so many devices that just crash everytime there is tooo much work happening on them. we will secure the device and provide access to set users.

brands anyone? we are looking at the wireless N devices. any pros and cons also great to hear.

products im looking at are RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N DSL Gateway  DGND3300 and the extender Access Points are Wireless-N Access Point WN802T. not sure if this is good. interested in knowing if anyone knows the modem router can support multiple APs, or if you can bounce of the AP's other AP's.  even better any tech that best fits my requirements.


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jfletchster earned 2000 total points
ID: 34203348
I would not be looking at home products for this solution, the RangeMax Series are designed for home users and do not have alot of the functionity you are talking about (Seperate Networks/Isolated Contractors etc)
If you like the netgear range then you should be looking at these;
Ultimatly you get what you pay for, but these devices have the ablity to have multiple wireless networks linked to different VLAN's (If you have any fairly decent switch equipment you should be able to run mutilple VLANS and seperate out and trunk the traffic back to your gateway to keep contractors off your network but still allow internet access and your company users will be able to access the internal network and internet as required) and have different access rights to each wireless SSID. (i.e. diff passwords or ACL)
They are very stable and i have had some of mine running for 2 years without reboot. I would be looking at 4+ of these devices scattered about your building depending on layout and walls etc. You would be best connecting each device directly to the hardwire network to prevent interferance and provide best service, and i would not rely on users access through any floors, i.e. users on Floor 1 will access AP's on Floor 1 not floor 2, floors are an unknown and can have many miterials that interfeer with the signal.
Alt you would be looking at CISCO to find a more funtional/stable device IMO, im sure there are some on this site that could recommmend in that department.

Author Comment

ID: 34208629
Thanks Jfletchster.

Im not commited to one brand over another. I just put something up to give an idea of what I wanted.

we have some pretty well spec'd Cisco Switches, and the core switch it self is pretty cabable all round. so Vlan and such not a problem. we did reccomend using this configuration. but it was pushed back on me to keep the two systems totally isolated.

Do not even ask.... all I will say is (External consultant advice, same ones that said our IC budget should not be more then 1% of funding for a global org with a heavy reliance on ICT, ICT security, hardware, s/w, assets. etc... our knowledge management division alone spends half that! trying to find a chart also on budgets, and what the ICT budget should be for standing up a new infrustructure. Not much on EE with good responces. )

thanks mate


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ID: 34209615
Yet another consultant that needs a head examination. How any company can put ICT on the lowest important I have no idea as every company on this planet would collapse without it.
Netgear will give you a sound cost effective solution and the system will be as separate as humanly possible without buying 2x everything which is purely pointless as vlan technology is as secure as having 2 completely separate devices if it's configured correctly.
Plus this means you can spend your money on fewer higher quality devices instead of many cheaper devices. I used VLAN setups in ISO registerted companies that were checked regularly to comply with all manner of security etc for Credit card details etc and VLAN was not a problem

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ID: 34223406
Thanks for responce and suggestions.

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