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 From:  David Cook <david dot cook at jetpress dot com>
 To:  'Vincent Fleuranceau' <vincent at bikost dot com>, "'m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch'" <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] Wireless AP on Soekris net4801 hardware
 Date:  Thu, 30 Sep 2004 11:56:06 +0100

The Buffalo WLA2-G54C Compact Repeater/Bridge is an inexpensive solution and
has worked well for me. Is a very compact unit and comes with a wall
mounting bracket. Also supports external aerials with an MC connector. 

Only shortcoming is it doesn't support Power over Ethernet (PoE) on it's
own, though you can use a combination of a PoE supply (WLE-POE-S) and
receiver (WLE-POE-R33).

For more info:

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Vincent Fleuranceau [mailto:vincent at bikost dot com]
>Sent: 30 September 2004 11:20
>Subject: Re: [m0n0wall] Wireless AP on Soekris net4801 hardware
>Hi all,
>After asking Manuel's opinion on that topic, I've decided to choose the
>(more reliable) dedicated AP option. But as long as we have no money to
>buy Cisco gear, I would be curious to know what cheap AP you currently 
>use at work (or at home).
>Many thanks for the feedback.
>-- Vincent
>PS : For those who are still interested in using the 2511MP card in AP
>mode, I've contacted Netgate about a possible firmware problem. Here is
>their answer:
>-------- Original Message --------
>> Vincent Fleuranceau wrote:
>>> Some m0n0wall users have reported that the card does not properly 
>>> work in AP mode with 1.5.6 and 1.7.4 firmware, although some other 
>>> people claim it works very well.
>> 1.4.9 - Earlier version (1.4.2?) has some problems with PCI-based 
>> cards. The symptom is corrupted packets. We ship with this on the 
>> card(s).
>> 1.5.6 - This version and later ones enable the wi driver to use 
>> standard 4-address packet format for WDS packets. 1.6.3 supports 
>> hiding the SSID (but that buys you about 0 security) 1.7.x is 
>> required to get WPA running.
>>> What do you think of this? Is that a know issue? Do 1.8.x versions
>>>  correct the problem?
>> There are many things that can go wrong at the RF end of a wireless 
>> link.  Everything above is a protocol or interface issue.
>> I've personally shipped over 25,000 of these cards as an AP 
>> application for a previous company, but that product runs linux.   I 
>> know they work. The issue(s), (if any) are likely to be related to 
>> coding or pilot (user) error, not issues with the firmware or card 
>> (subject to the above).
>> Jim
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