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Router recommendation for a large wireless network

Lanopy
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I am building a wireless network to support a large number of wireless clients.  I just picked up  a Netgear WNDAP350 WAP and am now in need of a router recommendation.  I have an ethernet hand off from a 6MB Multi T1 with a small block of WAN addresses.  I plan on using DHCP on the WAP to dish out addys to the wireless clients.  I am not sure that a consumer class Linksys would do the job very well so am looking for a unit with a bit more processor and memory.  Cisco is not in the budget.  In kicking this around one buddy suggested building a UNIX box with two NICS.  Does anyone have any better recommendations?
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For this size, I am not certain why Cisco would not be in the budget. However, commercial Netopia wireless is better than Netgear (at least that is my own experience). ... Thinkpads_User

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Its not in the budget because we don't have Cisco expertise, not because of the hardware cost.
Defining "large" would be of help here.  I had one client with 40 wired and 14 wireless connections and the small consumer router could not handle it.  We switched to Watchguard XTM505.  It works great but it costs about $1200.  Lesser priced: sonicwall has gotten away from the "per user" lockdown as it recognizes there are more and more devices that are going to be connected.  Their TZ200's are very good.

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Could be up to 120 clients on this.  Not all will be banging on the keyboard at the same time.  The users will be from the media and press community so they will be reporting to a media center, setting up their laptops, and then heading out to the event.  Its an all day event so they will be randomly popping in throughout the day to update their news reports or upload photos to Getty images.  Its tough to predict what the actual number of devices sending packets at any one time might be.  Since it is one event a year, and this gear sits in a box until the following year I can understand the host wanting to keep it inexpensive.  We already have a TZ200 at this facility on the administrative network.  I am looking for a lessor expensive suggestion than that even.  Not sure if it can be done but I have a request into the ISP to see if they can change the Adtran router from bridged mode to a router.  If that can be done, my issue may be handled.
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The Netopia I suggested is a solid commercial router that is less expensive. There are several different models. But you can keep your costs in line with one. ... Thinkpads_User

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Do you have model number for the Netopia device you suggest?
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My own Netopia is a 3387WG-ENT .  ... Thinkpads_User
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Answer #35463758 addresses the original question and answer #35464233 offers alternatives.
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