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Need a recommendation on Wireless Access Point for high users, low security

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I have to set up a temporary wireless network for an event that will generate national media coverage.  There will be three areas where media could congregate and not all three need necessarily be the same SSID.  Security is not a big concern as there are no resources on the network.  Wireless is simply provided as a courtesy.  The user base is not savvy so we cannot hide the SSID.  I will probably go with WEP, just to allow older machines to connect, and that will weed out smart device users within range.  This solution will only be used once annually.  I could need to support up to 240 users, across the three units. Each unit has its own 6MB Multi T1.  Not looking for Enterprise Campus class stuff, but would like to leave Best Buy out of this  :-).  GUI driven would be nice as the folks that will be supporting it are not Cisco CLI type people.  Last year they tried it with three open Linksys WRG54G's and it didn't work too good :-)   Thanks.
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Except for the T-1 interface I would say use a Netgear 3700 or 4000 but they only have ethernet uplinks. Netgear probably has a WAN uplink version to suit your needs but I don't know what the models are.
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I guess I should have mentioned this.  This T1 provides and ethernet hand off.
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If it is ethernet then those two Netgears are very good performance wise.
They are managed via a web browser and easy to use and configure.
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Will they handle the number of possible connections we are looking at?  100 per unit on two of them and 40 on another?
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by:Rick_O_Shay
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Don't know what they will max out at but 100 per sounds pretty high for any AP.
They do have 2 radios so you can spllit users up bewteen the 2.4 and 5.2 bands.
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Ended up using windap350 units. Thanks.
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