I wonder what would be wrong with a m0n0wall or pfSense AP setup.
I do not have experience yet with the AP functionality, but what I tested so
far looks good.
Mini PCI cards are available over 600mW nowadays ( I think I even saw
To be it looks that a pc-setup + m0nowall or pfSense will do the same trick
for heavy duty purposes, but again, maybe I am wrong......comments??
From: "Alex M" <radiussupport at lrcommunications dot net>
To: "Monowall Support List" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 21:07:43 -0400
Subject: RE: [m0n0wall] Reliable AP equipment 400mW
Well, just got call from rep from Proxim, he offers me 200mW outdoor for
$2000. Well we can get 35% discount but still 1750$ isn't cheap.
Cisco is nice but they are always lagging with market requirements. Although
I would really want to find out their life span.
Oh yes, I just did some examination of our last casualty in the face of
Senao and it seam it died due crystallization of salt on voltage suppressor.
It might be a problem because Senao is designed in Pakistan and here in NY
we have different air consistence. So far comparing to Europe (yea I know
Pakistan is not in Europe) the air here is much more humid and it consist
lots of salt. Our antennas get destroyed literary within 1 year, we have to
paint all antennas and mounting after we deploy them. It seams the same
problem with PCB boards, manufacturers are being cheap and not coating their
boards and as result they are too sensitive to the environment.
From: Chris Janvrin [mailto:chrisjanvrin at sellmytimesharenow dot com]
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2007 1:39 PM
To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch; radiussupport at lrcommunications dot net
Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Reliable AP equipment 400mW
I have to agree about the EnGenius (Senao) dying prematurely. Over the
past 18 months my company has tried several different so-called
"commercial" APs. Our present Senao is beginning to die-it drops
connections randomly and locks up regularly. A firmware flash didn't
help, nor did hardware resets to default. Our last AP was a US Robotics
USR5453 "Professional Access Point"-it only lasted about three months
before becoming completely unusable.
We have a Cisco new in the box and ready to deploy, just as soon as I
have time to replace the Senao. I've come to the conclusion that for
heavy duty 24/7 usage we can no longer cut corners and use residential
class APs. For all the money we've spent on Senaos, D-Links, Netgears,
and USRs we could have just bought an enterprise class Cisco and been
done with it.
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