Converting from SonicWall to Cisco; can I keep the SonicPoints in the environment?

In a facility, we are moving from a previously installed SonicWall environment and installing a Cisco ASA 5510 Security Plus device. I would like to install some AP1242's in place of the SonicPoint Ni's, but we'll have a bit of trouble in where and how to mount them due to a decorative tin ceiling.

The SonicPoints look "nice," sort of like a smoke detector. I won't be able to simply mount antennas (that I can find) for the Cisco AP's as they are either ceiling mount (where a toilet roll like tube hangs down) or vertical wall mount.

The two questions I'd have are:

1) Is it possible to continue to use the SonicPoints, with or without the current TZ 210 appliance there. I was hoping to completely remove it from the environment, but how messy/doable is it to use it as just the controller for the SonicPoints? Would I simply create static routes that point to the new ASA gateway?

2) Any "nice" looking devices I can use as an antenna, pr
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amatson78Sr. Security EngineerCommented:
Sonicpoints are designed to be managed by a SonicWALL, that said some can work in a "stand alone" mode however SonicWALL does not support nor trouble shoot this if there is an issue. I believe some of the newer ones will not work without the SonicWALL to manage them though.
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TercestisiAuthor Commented:
How difficult would it be, not having much experience with SonicWalls much at all, to simply hook up the LAN/WLAN port of the SonicWall TZ into a switch and thus still utilize the SonicPoints (in the same way one could take a Linksys WRT56G4 and plug from a switch port on the Linksys, directly into another switch, bypassing the WAN interface. Would SonicWall have any proprietary weirdness going on where this wouldn't work?
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amatson78Sr. Security EngineerCommented:
If you enable port shield on the lan ports in theory it should work you would need to set te default gateway of the connecting clients to your upstream gateway or set the dhcp for the sonic point clients to that gateway and not the TZ unit.
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TercestisiAuthor Commented:
OK; I'll need to look up port shield (which I'm guessing is a SonicWall thing). Exactly the type of response I was looking for. Anything else Sonic-y that I should know about?
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amatson78Sr. Security EngineerCommented:
Nope that's about it :)
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