"tg" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I need advice about commercial grade wlan access points.
> I've done many an installation of a wireless router in an ordinary
> home, but I have a friend who owns a big mansion (no kidding) and he's
> asked me to rig him up with a wlan system. I'm in unchartered
> territory here so I'd appreciate any advice or tips about what would
> be good to get. I would rather buy something 2nd hand from ebay
> because if I get it wrong and it doesn't do the trick I'll have to
> keep the gear myself and take the loss. I've seen cisco AP's on ebay
> but not sure what model would be right for my needs and I may need to
> connect a bigger antenna to it. The location of the office relative to
> the router is about 30 meters away through several thick brick walls
> so I need something really strong.
> Thanks for any advice.
Firstly I have set up Cisco wireless routers previously, we have a customer
that sends us these to configure for him and he then puts them in schools to
enable wireless access for the whole school. I realy dont know why he
doesn't do these himself but ..... hey its money in my pocket.
Anyway, there have been no complaints about lack of access or these routers
dropping out or any other anomolies. Cisco are a brand name and they
provide very good hardware for the commercial sector, however they are not
cheap !!! But as I say we have not had any complaints.
As for your "environmental conditions" I would suggest maybe one wireless
router and then follow that with a wireless access point or maybe two.
Regardless of the product you buy, you will have to make sure the router
will support "WDS" which will allow an access point to connect to it and
'relay' the signal again further away.
If you really dont want to fork out for cisco hardware, I could recommend
belkin or dlink as an alternative but you may have to get a couple of access
points to connect to the original router as these tend to be a little lower
on transmission power. But again as you correctly say you can fit arials
with a better 'DB gain', just remember to explain to your friend the
potential problems that could arise and how they can be over come by fitting