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IEEE 802.11ac Access Point Recommendations

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Could anyone recommend an IEEE 802.11ac Access Point?

It needs to have a reasonably strong signal and work as a pure access point, not an extender. Many 'extenders' have an access point option but so far I can't find any ac class ones with a 1GB Ethernet port that does.

Our current wifi is on the wrong side of our firewall which is great for guests to get access to the net but no good for our internal file access.

I'm aware we can reconfigure a router for this but in my experience dedicated access points have a better signal and provide a more reliable bandwidth.

We're in the UK so that will have some bearing on the options we have.
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So what's your budget?

Money no object... buy a Cisco 3702.
Money tight... buy a Cisco WAP371 or a Ubiquiti Unifi UAP-AC.
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Cheers for those great options. Unfortunately the people who were thinking about upgrading to ac are even tighter than the the choices you've given us. Saved this info away for when they cave-in but I think there might be a wait. Anything in the £100-£150 price bracket? I found the D-Link DAP-1665 AC1200 for £65 but that is too far in the budget section. I would rather try to find something a little beefier.
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You really won't get much at that end of the scale apart from Soho kit.  I'd stay well away from D-Link and Netgear.  You might get something from Linksys though but they're close to the £200 mark I think.
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