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schoondoggy

cskenney, so what did you end up buying and are you satisfied with it?

schoondoggy, is it easy to set up the firewall and AP's. I have never done it but am very interested in a separate device for wireless.

Setup on a WAP is very similar to the steps you would take setting up the wireless on a router. Amped Wireless and Ubiquiti make great products and their setup tools are very good. The EnGenius WAP I am running is very good, but the software is mediocre.

As far as consumer level wireless routers are concerned, you can turn them into pure Access Points by simply not using the WAN port. Connect a LAN port on the router to your Ethernet switch, set up your wireless parameters, leave the WAN port empty, and you automatically have a wireless AP.

You can do that, but I have not found them to give the same range and coverage as a WAP.

Really? I haven't had any issues with that. Mind you, I was mostly using WRT54G routers. Which ones gave you problems?

 

 

Yes indeed. Each AP should be on its own channel, preferably 2 or more channel numbers away from the channels being used by the APs, to avoid any overlap: e.g. with 3 APs use channels 1, 6 & 11; with 4, use channels 1, 4, 7 & 11. Of course, this is only possible if there are no competing routers in your area (e.g. like your neighbours).

I had been running multiple AP, but one really good one now covers our entire house, two story with a basement.

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ikon

Setup on a WAP is very similar to the steps you would take setting up the wireless on a router. Amped Wireless and Ubiquiti make great products and their setup tools are very good. The EnGenius WAP I am running is very good, but the software is mediocre.

You can do that, but I have not found them to give the same range and coverage as a WAP.

 

Consumer level WAPs from most companies are just their Wireless Routers with the router part made inaccessible, and they charge more for them. :angry: I know this was true of most Netgear, Linksys, and Buffalo units, having dissected many of them. A Buffalo engineer even admitted it to me over the phone once.

 

That said, it's not true of Ubiquiti. They make good stuff, and it's really inexpensive considering the quality.

 

I have no idea about Amped, since I've never used any of their stuff.

 

EnGenius was very hit and miss for me. Some of the products were very good; others, not so much. However, YMMV because I found out that EnGenius Canada and EnGenius USA are different companies, and the products also vary.

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Drashna Jaelre

Is it wrong that I want to buy a Sophos AP?

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ikon

Is it wrong that I want to buy a Sophos AP?

 

Haven't used Sophos. Didn't know they make an AP.

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Drashna Jaelre

Haven't used Sophos. Didn't know they make an AP.

They're really expensive, support multiple SSIDs per device, and VLAN support.

 

Also, you set them up entirely from the Sophos UTM device. :)

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/secure-wifi.aspx

 

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/secure-wifi/tech-specs.aspx

OOOOOO!!! They released a wireless AC version recently!!! .... 

 

Speaking of "enterprise tech at home"... :P

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ikon

Also, you set them up entirely from the Sophos UTM device. :)

 

Yeah, I saw that. Interesting. Didn't notice if that's also possible using a home brew Sophos UTM.... probably not.

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Drashna Jaelre

Yeah, I saw that. Interesting. Didn't notice if that's also possible using a home brew Sophos UTM.... probably not.

The home license has option for it turned on, so it's available for home use. 

And the only different between a home brew and the appliances sold is one is a hardware solution and the other is a software solution.

 

However, that's part of why I want to get one, it's the only section I HAVEN'T played with on Sophos UTM yet.

And apparently, it DOES have a guest WiFi option too (like commercial APs at starbucks and the like).

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schoondoggy

Is it wrong that I want to buy a Sophos AP?

No, it is a great idea, they work very well with the UTM.

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No, it is a great idea, they work very well with the UTM.

Exactly. I should see about getting one for review. ;)

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The home license has option for it turned on, so it's available for home use. 

And the only different between a home brew and the appliances sold is one is a hardware solution and the other is a software solution.

 

However, that's part of why I want to get one, it's the only section I HAVEN'T played with on Sophos UTM yet.

And apparently, it DOES have a guest WiFi option too (like commercial APs at starbucks and the like).

 

Yeah, Sophos make it pretty clear on their website that their units have Guest access.

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