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Hi All,

I'm looking for wireless recommendations for a small office. The office is about 8000 sq. ft. (40 to 50 users) and is pretty wide open. I'm expecting to go with at least 2 access points. I need these access points to be able to be powered via PoE. We are currently in a stand alone building but moving to a large office complex. At our current location we just use a few consumer grade linksys, (WPA)  and on top of that MAC address filtering.  

I need the wireless to be on our LAN as well so I need it to be as secure (but fast) as possible. I also need to be able to do multiple SSID's so the same access points can offer guest access as well. We're not tied to any specific vendor and price (within reason) does not really matter.
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I've had very good results with the Cisco 2600s.  A bit pricey for small office wireless but they'll perform well and hit all the criteria that you've listed above.  If you research them and decide to purchase just a couple of gotchas.  The are PoE so they don NOT come with a power supply. ($40 extra I believe)  They also do not come with the antennas so that's another expense.  And make sure you get the stand alone models unless you're going to be using a controller.
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/wireless/aironet-2600-series/data_sheet_c78-709514.html

Standalone part #: AIR-SAP2602E-A-K9
Antenna part #: AIR-ANT2524DW-R
Power supply part #: AIR-PWR-B=
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