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How to monitor if Access Points are running - Monitor health of network

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I would like to add multiple access points to a private network.  I am not trying to hop from one point to another but thinking that I want to create a mesh type network so people can move around and have wide coverage.  We will have cat6 ethernet cables ran to each location and the signals should be overlapping each other.  We will have about 8-10 access points and I would like to remotely monitor the heath of the network and that all of the AP are up and running.  Better yet, it would be great to be notified if there is a problem.  I was thinking about using Open-Mesh.   Does this sound like a good approach or heading the wrong direction.  Suggestions.  
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Almost all such devices implement SNMP. You could use this to monitor everything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_Network_Management_Protocol
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> I am not trying to hop from one point to another but thinking that I want to create a mesh type network so people can move around and have wide coverage.

Then you do not need a mesh network

The idea is to ensure that your AP cell coverage is adequate for roaming

At the edge of each AP signal cell, the received signal strength measurement should be -67 dBm.

 Cell Overlap
Each cell in the network should overlap with the adjacent cells in order to facilitate uninterrupted handoff (Roaming) as a client moves between cells and to provide a minimum service even in case of access point failure.

As far as monitoring, setup a VPN into the site and utilize Nagios with Cacti for monitoring of the devices with the possibility of also using SNMP traps (Notifying you of an issue).

Billy
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Billy.  Would I have to have a workstation or server running at all times to utilize the monitoring recommendation?
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I have ordered routers from Open-Mesh for evaluation.  Simple to set-up and add to monitoring software.  Certainly recommended for someone who wants a quick solution.  Since I will be monitoring multiple access points at different locations.  This seemed to be a good solution for a quick implementation.  I will look into SMTP monitoring and give feedback if this question is not deleted.
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Had to wait for an order and testing.
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Open-Mesh has proven to be a cost effective approach for the features that I was after.  Although I believe some of the other suggestions would be a better enterprise approach,  it requires far more set-up and costs compared to open-mesh.  

Setting up two access points took less than a half hour and full coverage of a two story home with notification hourly of any outages.  Again, sufficient for residential or non critical areas.
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I am awarding some points to rfc1180 because although not a good solution for this application, there was some good information conveyed.
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