On Apr 5, 2004, at 10:54 AM, Manuel Kasper wrote:
> Personally, I'd recommend using a separate, dedicated access point
> where possible. It's easier, faster and probably more reliable (and
> sometimes even cheaper).
> - Manuel
I do agree that adding a external AP would be better. The problem is
that there aren't any good AP's that are less than $1000. I've tried
many AP's and they all seem to lock up at random times requiring a
This is why I chose to use a small computer that runs in hostAP mode.
I could have scripts that detect problems and reset the interfaces or
reboot the system. m0n0wall seems very good at this. I can still
access the remote AP's even if something goes haywire with the radios.
I used to use Linux, but it would just crash all together if something
went wrong. Even the watchdog would not reboot it. I would have to
power cycle it to fix it. FreeBSD on the same hardware does not have
this problem....as much.
Probably the best solution is to use a real AP and have a timer on it
to cycle the power every 12 hours.
But in retrospect, I should probably have bought a $1000 AP for my WISP
as it probably would run better than FreeBSD as a AP. This Power Save
Mode has me looking over my shoulder every 10 minutes.