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I would like some suggestions on a solid wireless Access Point. I would like one that I can power down when not in use. I currently use a Linksys wrt54G, I believe, that I have optioned down to serve as a wireless AP. I have this plugged into an outlet that can be shut off with a wall switch. Issue that has been occurring is occasionally the unit will reset to the default configuration when you power it on. This causes it to have a DHCP server running that causes issues within the COS run network. I would like to upgrade to a wireless N speed, but can stick with G if it gives me a solid AP. Currently running COS 5, but attempting to upgrade to 6. Thanks for any thoughts.
Thursday, June 25 2015, 03:09 AM
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    Friday, July 17 2015, 06:59 PM - #Permalink
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    Marcel van Leeuwen wrote:

    I hear lots of positive reactions of Ubiquiti access points.


    Jim Joomla wrote:

    Hello,

    I'm using at home a Unfifi AP. it's a relatively cheap solution and has a really good range

    look this link:
    https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap/

    You don`t need a POE swicth or router. The POE injector is inclued


    I need to upgrade my network also. Ubiquite just released the EdgeSwitch lite. Looks like a interesting switch. If I go this route I also buy a Unifi AP.
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    Friday, July 17 2015, 11:09 AM - #Permalink
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    Dave Loper wrote:
    If you have a wireless nic that supports master mode (atheros is a great choice), you can use ClearOS to be you wireless access point.
    .... but you may have difficulty positioning the antenna. My server is in the attic at one end of the house. The antenna extension leads I found seem to have quite high losses, so I gave up and used a router as an AP.
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    Friday, July 17 2015, 02:15 AM - #Permalink
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    If you have a wireless nic that supports master mode (atheros is a great choice), you can use ClearOS to be you wireless access point. The module is called 'app-wireless' and the configuration file gets installed to /etc/hostapd/hostapd.conf

    You can either use a wpa2 password or tie it into radius and authenticate users out of your directory.
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    Jim Joomla
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    Thursday, July 16 2015, 09:16 PM - #Permalink
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    Hello,

    I'm using at home a Unfifi AP. it's a relatively cheap solution and has a really good range

    look this link:
    https://www.ubnt.com/unifi/unifi-ap/

    You don`t need a POE swicth or router. The POE injector is inclued
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    Duncan Rix
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    Thursday, July 16 2015, 08:38 PM - #Permalink
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    Any thing that can run DD-WRT.
    Got a Netgear WNR3500v2 at the mo, doing nothing more than being an AP with a built in 5 port gigabyte switch.
    And if my server goes down for any reason i just switch it to router mode and move it to the cabinet.
    Just keeps on going with out needing reboots

    Simmples :)
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    Thursday, June 25 2015, 06:26 PM - #Permalink
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    I hear lots of positive reactions of Ubiquiti access points.
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    Thursday, June 25 2015, 04:45 PM - #Permalink
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    Have you considered using third party firmware in the wrt54g like DD-WRT or Tomato? They may be more stable.

    With respect to what else to use, just about any wireless router will do. You just have to disable DHCP, set its LAN address and connect it LAN to LAN. I used to use a Draytek but when that finally played up I upgraded to a Linksys EA6300 (and because it was an early model it is really an EA6400 masquerading as a 6300). I did a faulty bit of research and thought it could run DD-WRT but, for the moment, it cannot. The firmware does have the option to use it as an AP only, but this disables some bits which could be useful (the USB port for file or print sharing).

    It really comes down to what you want it to do. G, n or ac, single or dual band (for n) and what speed do you want from ac? ac is really only beneficial if you have gigabit wiring at home although it may help with the range a bit and uses the less congested 5GHz band. Some better smartphones and tablets may have ac and/or dual band n built in (iPhone etc, my work Dell Laptop etc). It is becoming more common.
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