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schoondoggy

Looking for a new router and AP and came across this thread.

 

For the ubiquiti, do you read that as POE only or POE option. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1EA0CD6556&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=5334937&SID=skim17214X742339X055dce2ff625d1c2989d426a059ff569

 

Anyone have any recommendations for a router and AP if above link is POE only?

For AP, Ubiquiti is very good, the unit you have listed does come with a POE power injector. If you have devices that use 5Ghz WiFi you may want to consider the Pro version as it has both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radios: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1EA0CD6585&cm_re=unifi_ap_pro-_-0ED-0005-00048-_-Product

 

I have been running one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833168107&cm_re=eap600-_-33-168-107-_-Product

A single AP has covered my whole house with dual band coverage, some of the numbers are listed here:

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4895-wireless-access-point-with-concurrent-dual-radio/

 

For router, I went with a traditional firewall:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181144&cm_re=zywall-_-33-181-144-_-Product

It has worked well, but I may move to Sophos, lots of info in this thread:

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7179-to-pfsense-or-not-to-pfsense-that-is-the-questionbut-in-this-thread-the-answer-is-sophos/

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ImTheTypeOfGuy

For AP, Ubiquiti is very good, the unit you have listed does come with a POE power injector. If you have devices that use 5Ghz WiFi you may want to consider the Pro version as it has both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz radios: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1EA0CD6585&cm_re=unifi_ap_pro-_-0ED-0005-00048-_-Product

 

I have been running one of these:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833168107&cm_re=eap600-_-33-168-107-_-Product

A single AP has covered my whole house with dual band coverage, some of the numbers are listed here:

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4895-wireless-access-point-with-concurrent-dual-radio/

 

For router, I went with a traditional firewall:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181144&cm_re=zywall-_-33-181-144-_-Product

It has worked well, but I may move to Sophos, lots of info in this thread:

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7179-to-pfsense-or-not-to-pfsense-that-is-the-questionbut-in-this-thread-the-answer-is-sophos/

 

Thanks for the info. So the ZyXEL is not a wireless router? Looks like it is just a firewall and you use the AP for all wireless connections?

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schoondoggy

They make a zywall usg20w that includes WiFi. I like to have my router/firewall and AP seperate to make it easy to place. If you want router and WiFi combined, the high end Asus are very nice.

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Jason

I have my ASUS RT-N66U access point located centrally in the house, but finding the signal is weak is far bedrooms.  Have an old D-link DIR-655 2.4 ghz 802.11n router collecting dust.  Wasn't sure if I could just add it to the network, set it to AP mode (disable routing), assign it the same SSID as the ASUS RT-N66U and be done?  Or would there be a better approach?  The ASUS router is great only its range is limited.  Adding a Ubiquiti device seems like overkill in my use case?

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schoondoggy

I have my ASUS RT-N66U access point located centrally in the house, but finding the signal is weak is far bedrooms.  Have an old D-link DIR-655 2.4 ghz 802.11n router collecting dust.  Wasn't sure if I could just add it to the network, set it to AP mode (disable routing), assign it the same SSID as the ASUS RT-N66U and be done?  Or would there be a better approach?  The ASUS router is great only its range is limited.  Adding a Ubiquiti device seems like overkill in my use case?

Have you tried moving the antenna around on the ASUS? This app can help you measure coverage:

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7274-wi-fi-inspector-from-xirrus/?hl=xirrus

You could use the DLINK as another AP if the ASUS wont cover your house.

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jmwills

My ASUS is in a closet and I get 5 bars on the meter.  In fact, I get coverage up to a half block away.

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ikon

Sure, you can use the DIR-655 to help boost your Wi-Fi coverage. You will have to get a cable to the router of course.

 

BTW, you don't have to do anything specific to disable routing. All you have to do is NOT connect a cable to the WAN port. The routing section of a wireless router routes traffic on the regular Ethernet ports and wireless module to and from the WAN port. If nothing is connected to the WAN port, well, no routing takes place.

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Jason

You gave me hope. Incidentally, I repositioned the 3 antennas and it did wonders! For my own education, are there any types of thumb to follow with AP antennas? For example aim the tip of an antenna in the direction where you want to boost signal strength?

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schoondoggy

You gave me hope. Incidentally, I repositioned the 3 antennas and it did wonders! For my own education, are there any types of thumb to follow with AP antennas? For example aim the tip of an antenna in the direction where you want to boost signal strength?

Put the Xirrus app on a laptop and have someone move the antenna while you watch the app.

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