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Wireless Access Points - What's To Know?
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RE: Wireless Access Points - What's To Know?

not a lot by the looks of it.

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RE: Wireless Access Points - What's To Know?

Darn it!!! (or should that be "darned IT"?)

Another blank first post.

Anyway, what's the skinny on wireless access points?

The office runs off a basic Linksys 16-port switch, fed internerd by a wired broadband modem, not DSL, but sadly not fibre optic.  We have about 10 PCs and a microserver on the wired 100/10 ethernet and want to let people use their laptops etc. to access both our network and the internerd.  I don't see more than three or four laptops ever using the wireless at any one time, but a decent speed would be good, so I'm assuming dual-band 801.11B/G/N (I think I got the "B/G/N" right there, not sure about the rest).  Range needs to be about 20 metres give or take with a few plasterboard walls in between.

Thoughts?  Suggestions?  How-tos?  How-not-tos?

Thanks in advance.

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RE: Wireless Access Points - What's To Know?

What does this have to do with hifi?

Well, everything I learn wiring up the office network will get applied when we move into the new house, hopefully by the end of the summer (mortgage permitting)...

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RE: Wireless Access Points - What's To Know?

Theres not a lot to it.

Get yourself a wireless N access point, plug it into your wired network and setup the security.

Providing every connected device supports at least G then you set security mode to be WPA-Personal, the cypher type to be AES, and the WPA mode to be WPA 2 only. This will give you the best security/performance.

If you wish to connect an older device that only has wireless B support then you would need the cypher type to be TKIP, and WPA mode to WPA.

For really old stuff (unlikely) the security mode would need to be WEP.

 

 

Then set the 802.11 mode to be N (best peformance), mixed mode N+G (next best) or mixed mode N+G+B (obviously the slowest), depending whether your connected devices are all N capable or not.

 

Something like a DrayTek Vigor AP-700 would be a good bet, as it can also act as a wireless bridge (between 2 wlans), or a wireless repeater (to expand range) if needed in the future.

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