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Old 01-30-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Need an 802.11 b/g/n WAP in a corporate environment

Have two Cisco 4410Ns that are utter crap. There is a Cisco WAP121 that's not much better. Looking for something good that doesn't cost a fortune. Need N support, but not necessarily 5GHz. Any suggestions? Been looking at the HP M220, but can't find any reviews and don't know if the boss will balk at the $300 price tag.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:01 PM   #2
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What kind of back-end security are you doing? WPA2 is not enough for corporate enviroments, especially if you are getting audited against it. Are you doing any Cisco proprietary agents and certificate first layer authentication? If not, look into ubnt.com, very well designed equipment by ex Motorola engineers.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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PS: and if you are doing any of the Cisco proprietary stuff, ditch it, and run SSL VPN (OpenVPN, or such) for your authentication on top of the WPA2... save you a pretty penny.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
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NOTA, unfortunately. I only recently (last summer) talked them in to letting me switch to WPA2 from WAP. There are other problems that need to be addressed, but I can't do anything about that at the moment.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
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If not, look into ubnt.com, very well designed equipment by ex Motorola engineers.
Thanks for that suggestion. Their gear sounds really good, and for what we're looking for, not expensive.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:31 AM   #6
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We're using the ubnt stuff. Good gear.

I think I have about 20 of their access points up.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:05 AM   #7
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We run Pepwaves for the rest of our clients that arent on cisco gear. They run great, have very strong signal quality, and have lasted a good long while.

If your boss is balking at $300.. well.. lol.. you can't get a baller, business class unit for $59.95 at office depot.. just saying..
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:10 AM   #8
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but you can get even better quality gear for under $100 from ubnt.com..

cisco fan boys cry morah..
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:11 PM   #9
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Take a look at asus routers like the rt n66u. Enable mac address filtering as an extra layer to the wpa2. You should be below 200. Its consumer gear, but you can crank the power up and cover a decent building. For 300, your options are limited.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:53 PM   #10
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Enable mac address filtering as an extra layer to the wpa2.
Not happening. I'm not chasing down every laptop and mobile phone that needs access. Besides, MAC addresses can be spoofed.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:14 PM   #11
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We went Aruba, have over 1k of them up and relatively problem free.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:35 PM   #12
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I'd look at something inexpensive like a combination of dd-wrt and freeradius with 802.1x and an EAP-TLS method. Freeradius seems well supported, as does dd-wrt. DD-wrt affords you the ability to re-use off-the-shelf hardware.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:07 PM   #13
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dd-wrt == overhead and support costs not included..

ubnt is probably the industry best when it comes to price, performance and support. everything else is headache.
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