whats a good AP , with external antenna and MAC filtering?

bboy

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At my duplex there are 24 residents, some of us want to setup a wireless network, I'm wondering what a decent Access Point is?
I need one that has MAC Address filtering,
The abilitly to add an external antenna,
not much else really
G speed,

and relatively cheap!

anyone know?
 

daffy

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The Linksys WRT54G is the most feature packed AP available on a budget.
I sell them for R650.
If you're not scared to delve into Linux, I can upload OpenWRT (www.openwrt.org) to it and it'll give you all the security features you can dream of.
 

daffy

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Yeah, the standard firmware isn't very nice.
www.sveasoft.com makes a much better firmware, with a nice web frontend for configuration.
www.openwrt.org is an opensource firmware. Its linux, you use the command line to configure it.

I'm running 6 of these things with OpenWRT, and they're by far the most feature enabled budget AP's around...
(Its a router, so you can plug your ADSL modem into it and share your connection too!)
 

Setsquare

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Just got back from USA....

Got my WRT54G for R360 over there :p

The Sveasoft firmware packs on the features but u dont get as good speeds on the wifi link with it.
 

daffy

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The Sveasoft firmware is nice... but its too userfriendly.
If you're wanting better throughput, turn the output power down to 80mW (because I just KNOW you've got it running at something crazy :p)

Using OpenWRT, you get more control, but you dont get a pretty web-based config tool.

I've worked with alot of low-cost Wireless AP's in my time, and the Linksys WRT54G is absoultely the best sub-R2000 AP around. (and thats quite a statement, 'cause they go for around R650)
 

nicroets

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Can it bridge ?

Can it be a client to another nearby AP while still being an AP itself ?

If no, what device do you suggest I use to connect to the existing AP ?

On this subject : For just over R2k, you can build a pretty mean WLAN AP :
Buy a diskless entrylevel PC, boot Linux from flash. Then you can place a cheap WLAN card in each PCI slot and really cover the whole spectrum.

And if you're like me with an old PC lying around, it will cost a lot less than R2k.

Does anyone on the forum sell cheap WLAN cards supported by Linux ? And that can be put in AP mode ?
 

daffy

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The Linksys WRT54G will still work out cheaper :)

But I do sell Atheros 5212 based Mini-PCI Cards, and a PCI to Mini-PCI convertor.
With a pigtail, this comes to just over R900.
These work great with MadWifi drivers in linux, and they work brilliantly in FreeBSD.

Take a look at MikroTik (www.mikrotik.com) and RouterBoard (www.routerboard.com).
Take a RouterBoard 230, with a 4-1 Mini-PCI Convertor, and stick 4x802.11a/b/g (2.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz) Mini-PCI Cards in it, and you have yourself a really mean repeater site.
We sell these too!

www.dbg.co.za for all the contact info.
 

Setsquare

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Daffy I am using the default of 28mw.......... wouldnt want to go over 56mw as they say your radio will end up burning out.
 
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