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I have office of 4 floors which are total 16 access points are connected ,
Access points(i know they are wireless routers with one one WAN port , but i am utilising them as access points ) are low end Linksys device model WRT -54G .

i want a device from which i can manage all these 16 access points , some wireless lan controller , but not from cisco , as thats quite expensive .

my objective is to change any configuration , monitor the access points are ON , clients are athenticating or not , or i can change the channels o particular device from a single console rather accessing each device one by one .

need some cheaper solution , if its giving less option to manage , i can live with that .
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by:diprajbasu
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you can go for Nomadic WiFi Base Station Controller (WBSC).

please find the details from the following  link:-
nomadic
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nomadix

please check the above url for details
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by:annasad
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remember , i am talking about internal Access points  .... within a building ...
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802.11 B/G .
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by:grimkin
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Ruckus is a good solution for what you are describing - a ZoneDirector Manager with Zoneflex access points.

The range is exceptional and you ,ay well find that you do not need anywhere as near as many APs as you do with a cisco system.

There are also no hidden licenses - you buy a ZD license based on the number of APs you wish to use (upgradeable) and that's it.

www.ruckuswireless.com

Hope this helps
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None of the above answers allow you to MANAGE the APs you ALREADY have.

This will do it...

http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=7732548
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by:grimkin
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Yup, apologies, my bad for not reading the Q fully ..

SHould be noted tho that the Linksys routers all need to be flashed with the Sputnik firmware or at least DDWRT in order to allow them to be managed.
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It does appear that Sputnik will allow you to manage your current hardware but with annual cost per AP, you may be better off replacing with a controller.   I was not familiar with Sputnik and did not spend a lot of time looking at it, so the cost may drop for your numbers.

We use the Symbol WS2000 controller and AP.  The last time I compared it was a lower cost compared to Cisco

DLINK had software for the standalone AP that allowed you to manage multiple AP in a location.   Once again the last time I looked at them was a few years ago.  We have them at one of our locations so let me know if you need info.
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I dont see any wise solution on this ,

see if moderator can shift my question to concerned category .
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by:Ernie Beek
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

The question has either no comments or not enough useful information to be called an "answer".
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The question was valid and the answers were valid so I do not believe it should be deleted.  Someone else wanting to do the same thing will find value in this question and answer unless you delete it.   I am not fishing for points, give them to someone else or accept your own answer but don't delete it just because it was not the solution you wanted.
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