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 From:  "Ladislav Cisar" <cisar1 at volny dot cz>
 To:  "Michael Mee" <mm2001 at pobox dot com>
 Cc:  "m0n0wall-list" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] PCI WLAN card vs Ethernet WLAN AP
 Date:  Fri, 13 Feb 2004 09:32:02 +0100
What I found really bad about PC - based AP is the performance.
YOu can check the forum on star-os.com
e.g. for Atheros SuperG cards (up to 108Mbps) they recommend 500+MHz CPU.
If anyone wants to have high troughput WiFi net it is better to use HW AP,
bridges or clients in some new PCs.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Mee [mailto:mm2001 at pobox dot com]
> Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 5:52 AM
> To: Adam Nellemann
> Cc: m0n0wall-list
> Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] PCI WLAN card vs Ethernet WLAN AP
> > Thanks for the info Manuel, I'll go look for a Cisco AP...
> The Cisco 350 is excellent, and still somewhat expensive. Its also only
> 801.11b, not g.
> A cheaper alternative without all the wizzbang features of the
> Cisco and the
> management interface that tells you everything about what's going on, is
> something like the 3054 CB3+ made by Senao/Engenius and available at
> specialty online stores (in USA anyway) such as netgate.com for approx
> US$190.
> Overall I agree that running an external AP is a good solution in many
> cases - just as running an external modem used to be.
> I've personally started putting miniPCI wireless cards on Soekris
> 4501's and
> am having great success with them and m0n0wall (see
> http://socalfreenet.org/standardap) for a description plus lots
> of pics (and
> more here http://socalfreenet.org/shinstall), but we're mounting these
> outside on rooftops so its convenient to reduce the number of boxes
> involved!  (We also have a Cisco 350 in another location, but we
> like having
> the m0n0wall smarts like dhcp, dns caching and routing available at the
> rooftop too).
> cheers, michael
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