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 From:  Adam Nellemann <adam at nellemann dot nu>
 Cc:  m0n0wall-list <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] PCI WLAN card vs Ethernet WLAN AP
 Date:  Thu, 12 Feb 2004 22:19:22 +0100
Manuel Kasper wrote:

> Adam Nellemann wrote:
> 
> 
>>Anyone know of something they can recomend? (I would need a "g" or 
>>"b+" type AP with good WEP support, but otherwise I'd prefer stability 
>>over features, seeing as m0n0wall has got everything I need.)
> 
> 
> If you're ready to cough up the big bucks, buy Cisco. :) My trusty old 
> Cisco AP 350 with its several hundred days of uptime has never ever 
> crashed or failed to interoperate with any kind of wireless client. The 
> new AP 1200s are very good too. Thing is just that they're not cheap...
> 
> 
>>Talking about alternate stuff: Anyone happen to have any experience 
>>with those "converters" that will allow a TP LAN to "tunnel" through a 
>>normal AC powerline? (I'd like to know if this works well enough to be 
>>another alternative, besides wireless, to drilling holes in my walls: 
>>Is it fast? Does it do other than point-to-point etc.)
> 
> 
> You mean HomePlug powerline bridges? I use a pair of them for my link to 
> the basement where I can't run any TP cables. You can use up to 16, so 
> it's not limited to point-to-point. My experience with them has been 
> mixed. I've used them for over a year now, and while they've never 
> locked up or anything, the data rate varies considerably with the 
> electrical load. Expect data rates to be pretty bad if you connect them 
> to the same wall outlet as your computer(s). Don't expect to get 
> anywhere close to the advertised 14 Mbps - I'm getting about 4.5 Mbps in 
> one direction and 2.5 in the other. From time to time the connection 
> drops out for a few seconds, but mostly I'm still glad I have them as 
> there would be no way of running servers in the basement otherwise.
> 
> I even wrote a BSD program to set the encryption key on Intellon-based 
> bridges:
> 
> http://neon1.net/prog/plconfig.html
> 
> and if you want to have a look at the guts of a powerline bridge:
> 
> http://neon1.net/misc/powerline/bridge.html
> 
> HTH,
> 
> Manuel

Thanks for the info Manuel, I'll go look for a Cisco AP...

Adam.