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By kashmeir63 ·
Hi,
I'm trying to make some laptops and computer clients wireless on my network. My building has 2 floors. I'm looking for the 2nd floor to become wireless. It's approx. 700 ft in length. and width.Eventually I would make the first floor wireless. But this will not happen for a while. I guess my question is can anybody recommned a good access point? One that I can build with for the future. I've seen a belkin that is good for 1800 feet. Would this be a good solution? I'm fairly new to this. Any help would be appreciated

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by tommymcbrayer In reply to Access Point for a networ ...

If this is for a business then I recomend a Cisco Aironet. The Cisco is a rock solid solution and supports many of the advanced features business need. Lynksys, Netgear and Belkin are fine for a couple of users or at the home but like most things in business you get what you pay for.

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by advancedgeek In reply to Access Point for a networ ...

I agree...cisco is the way to go with businesses.

Additionally, when you switch to the first floor...you could just buy a 6db signal booster. http://www.geeks.com had one for like 20 bucks the other day.

Also, you will need to worry about security. I would look into an IDS (intrusion detection system), plenty of 3rd party support for that on wireless these days. Also disable SSID broadcast, and change your wep, or WPA (whatever your flavor) key about once a week. It is very easy to hack into a wireless (lotsa script kiddies salavating at this post).

Do you have cordless phones at this building? This can cause an issue with the 2.4GHz phones and the 2.4GHz wireless, so you will need to move the network to the 11th band. This might sound confusing, but it won't be once you see the console.

It's really quite easy to do, this might sound difficult but it's not. Check out a program called Network Stumbler (it's free) and see if you will have any competing wireless networks around you.

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