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RE: [PLUG] OT: Large Wireless Network on the Cheap
Title: RE: [PLUG] OT: Large Wireless Network on the Cheap
One nice thing about the wireless routers, is they are easy to
adapt to POE (power over ethernet), the reason I say this is that
if you use POE, you are not limited to putting a unit where there
is AC outlet, but anywhere you can run a CAT5 cable. Which might
make it easier to locate less units for better coverage.
I had a netgear and a linksys, that I had to reset frequently.
So far I've had good success with the DLINK I'm using now.
It's fairly easy to modify a cable to be POE if you don't want
to buy the POE converters.
>Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 11:42 AM
>Subject: [PLUG] OT: Large Wireless Network on the Cheap
>One of the projects that I've been ignoring for the last several months
>is setting up a wireless network in our building. We cover 3 floors,
>plus a few other spaces.
>I'd love to be able to afford the Cisco solution. For a mere $600 a
>unit I could use their equipment, do the whole project with only 5 or 6
>base stations, and 1 server and life would be good, but I
>don't have the
>$6000+ it takes to do that (and last time I tried to talk to a salesman
>he didn't want to talk about any solution <$10,000).
>To save money we started to setup a network outside our main network
>with a collection of Linksys base stations (WRT54g). At $40-$50 a
>piece, even though I would need 10-12 (with signal boosting antenna) to
>do the job, the price is much nicer. Also we get to skip out on the
>expensive management server, and stick with a simple firewall (Linux
>based). The problem is that the Linksys units are proving to be
>unreliable over time. We got 4 to get started, and it seems that every
>couple of weeks I have to reset one and set it up from scratch again.
>Without management software I only know they are failing when someone
>calls for support.
>So I'm looking for new ideas. I figured this would be a good group to
>through the question out to. How would setup a wireless
>network for use
>in a building by both the employees and guests with minimal
>IT (this means NO MAC filtering)? Anyone have good luck with other
>brand hardware over time, or different Linksys models (I always seem to
>buy the wrong Linksys units). Anyone know of a solution that's
>in-between doing it the Cisco way, and the really cheap way (there is
>SOME money around).
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