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Upgrade Cisco 1242AG to newer model with gigabit connection

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We have a warehouse with about 10 wireless PCs that connect to a Cisco 1242AG access point that is equipped with 2 AIR-ANT2506 antenna.  All clients have 802.11G cards in them and have good reception pretty much anywhere in the building, although the signal does get weak in the corners of the building.

We do have some regular issues with the PCs that I am assuming are network related and was thinking about upgrading the access points with a newer version with a gigabit port.

My question is, the access point that I am looking at (1252AG) have 6 antenna connections on them.  Would this work with the existing 2 antenna or should I purchase a different antenna for it?

Is there a better suited antenna for a warehouse, 300' x 150' with 35' ceilings?  The current access point and antennas are located in the middle of the warehouse about 10' off the ground.

Would like to keep it to one access point if possible.

Thanks,
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Craig Beck earned 1500 total points
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Get the 1262 instead of the 1252 - it's newer, better, and doesn't require you to change your PoE injectors or switches to support PoE+.

It will work without 3 antennas - just leave the middle connector unused (this is important as the middle connector is RX only).  The antenna you have is fine.

You'd need to add 5GHz antennas though if you want to use that band.
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Thanks for the update, I was planning on buying off the bay.  The difference in price between the 1252 and 1262 would make me ask what is the major difference between them that would affect us?  There is already AC at the mounting location so no need for POE.

I don't necessarily need the 1262 if it does not have some significant advantage over the 1252.

Thanks for your help!
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