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Best Wifi access point?

Posted on 2014-09-08
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Purpose:
- Indoor wifi access for mobile devices, laptops, iPhone, etc.

Requirements:
- PoE so we can put it up in ceiling for best wifi coverage wo/running electrical wiring .
- Radius authentication (since it's the strongest security)
- Documented high throughput even w/several dozen MAC address connections.
- Need a true access point (not a router).

Thanks!
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Question by:Geoff Millikan
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by:pgm554
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There's several options,but the good stuff is from folks like Ruckus,Cisco ,Aruba.
Depends upon your budget.
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by:Geoff Millikan
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Budget is under $300.  Under $200 would be better.  Will probably need to buy 2 (first one for employees on LAN IP address space and the other for guests who will be put on a separate network).
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by:Geoff Millikan
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Where is documentation on why Ruckus, Cisco, Aruba are better than Engenius, Ubiquiti?
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by:Natty Greg
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Cisco WAP121 Wireless-N Access Point with Power over Ethernet
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by:Geoff Millikan
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PGM544: Nice data.  RUCKUS performed well!  Which RUCKUS AP are you recommending we use?  WE have less than 30 devices connecting.

NATTYGREG:  The WAP121 has a 3.1 star rating at Amazon w/twenty-one reviews but the Ubiquiti NSM5 has 4.8 stars w/43 reviews.  So why is the Cisco better than the Ubiquiti?  Don't get me wrong, we have Cisco ASA firewalls here so I understand the Cisco value but seems this WAP might be a bit weak?
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by:Natty Greg
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You can buy the ubiquiti NSM5 based on research it seems to be a good fit and powerful enough t o get the job done
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by:masnrock
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Get Ubiquiti ... I have tried a Cisco WAP121... totally did not work. Connections dropped left and right, but that may have been the environmen I tried it in. Ruckus works great, but can be costly.
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by:Darr247
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Nearly half of the 1-star reviewers (click the link[s] on either side of the bar graph to sort the reviews by number of stars) on Amazon say to get the WAP321 instead. Note the K9 suffix mean's it's for FCC land.
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by:masnrock
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Even the 321 depends on the environment. I nearly lost a contract using one of those. Cisco could not explain why a Linksys was working better in the office than the WAP321. I like Cisco for a lot of things they make, but access points for small businesses are a mixed bag.
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Aaron Tomosky earned 56 total points
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The reason for meraki, Aruba, ruckus, etc are advanced features and density. For 30 devices and the rest of your information given, I would lean toward ubiquity. My first choice with them is the ap-pro if you want 2.4 and 5 ghz. I stay away from long range access points because small mobile devices especially like phones have problems transmitting at distance to long range access points. You can get in a situation where you have good signal, but the ap can't hear you. That said, they work great for laptops with bigger antennas.
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by:Darr247
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If you look up in the trusses at your local Home Depot, you'll likely find similar to these AIR-AP1252AG-A-K9 models (except they use the 'lightweight' LAP units that require a controller) providing bandwidth for the free WiFi and connectivity for their IP phones. For PoE, its PS+injector is the AIR-PWRINJ4.
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