Wireless Access and firewall

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have a task to provide wireless network with access points. need at least 2 access points and a firewall to cover my area, have a budget of $1000.  trying to keep all hardware similar vendor. resarch so far shows I cannot accomplish within this budget. any ideas?
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How large of an area are you trying to cover and how many users is the access points and firewall going to be supporting and are there any other specific features you want the firewall to do i.e. Content Filtering or gateway antivirus?

Let me know and I can point you in a direction that may work.

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You should be able to but depends on what you want the firewall to do, more features = more money Linksys wireless below
Linksys

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,642938,00.asp
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If you only need 2.4ghz I suggest the meraki mr12. Its an access point/ router firewall. So get two ($300 each plus cloud license way under $1000 total). One will be your router + firewall + access point with the Internet connection. The other will be just an access point. But even as just an access point it has multiple ssids and can do guest networks that only get to the Internet, not your LAN.

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about a 800' area is to be covered indoor and outdoor combined. would like Power over Ethernet on the access points.
Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions Consulting

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meraki are poe. 800 square feet? or 800 feet diameter circle? Can you clarify?

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I took a quick look at the meraki site...looks impressive....Only want to make sure I will cover exactly what I need that is approximatley 800 sq feet.

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so with the Meraki ap's I place one on my network cable in via patch to my router (cable modem) then the other I place in an appropriate area to cover the access point task...the management is done in the cloud correct or is their more to it?
Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions Consulting

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They can be a access point only or a router and ap. there is a LAN and a wan port.
Cable modem->miraki1 wan port
This will be the router firewall and ap
Then plug the LAN port into your switch
Plug the miraki2 LAN onto your LAN wherever

Or you can use them both as acces points. You can manage them directly as they have their own web console but I only do that if there is no Internet. The website management is awesome. You can create your ssids there and "attach" them to both aps.

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is the web interface and or services on the Meraki a subscription based feature? If no then all I need the hardware correct? no yearly updates.
Aaron TomoskyDirector of Solutions Consulting

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I'm not sure exactly how that works, I know that if you have anything under subscription you have a login to the enterprise cloud control. That cloud control may not let you add a device without a subscription but I'm really not sure.
George Fendlerprogrammer

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ajc2c,
800 square feet is a tiny area to cover. One Ubiquiti UniFi access point ( www.ubnt.com )  could do that standing on it's head unless the area is a long, narrow strip. They have a working range of about a 400 foot radius. We use them in hotels very effectively. They have the added benefit that you can connect your WAN port to one of them and The rest will act as repeaters. The indoor units look like a smoke alarm.

The questions I have:
 1. What is the shape of the area you are trying to cover?
 2. What kind of walls would you need to go through?

The indoor units are about $80 ea (a 3-pack is about $205). The outdoor version is about $150. But don't let the price fool you. These are highly dependable units.

Here are a couple of vendors that sell them. But google UBNT UniFi and you will find many more.
http://www.titanwirelessonline.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=unifi
http://www.wlanparts.com/c=JaP7JC9Kpx3pr97ZGWoXMuFri/results.cgis?CATALOG=DEFAULT&mode=or&keywords=unifi&x=0&y=0

I have no financial connection to Ubiquiti other than as a customer.

George

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