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#63261 23-Jun-2010 16:27
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In need of a replacement Wifi access point at work in our IT office.... what does every recommend these days ? Dont need Wifi-N , G is fine.

Was looking at http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/product/XH9918  but dosent state exactly what model it is so cant find any reviews etc.

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  #348069 5-Jul-2010 16:09
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Hi Gavin,


That router is a WRT210N.
Cisco routers are always good quality, I've used lots of them in the past with very few issues.

The only thing to consider is this model doesn't have an external aerial (If I remember correctly) which means if you are looking to boost the signal you cannot connect an larger aerial to it.

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  #348109 5-Jul-2010 17:50
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It really depends on your office size. I'll assume its a small office by your current choice of router.

If your looking for the cheap consumer end (not recommended for larger businesses) then i would agree with geeksonwheels.

The current router you have selected has internal aerials and because of this you will get a degraded signal.

I would recommend finding a wireless access point that has external aerials, this means you generally have a stronger signal with the benefit of being able to upgrade the aerial if need be.

 
 
 
 


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  #348138 5-Jul-2010 18:26
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Out of interest, how do you upgrade the aerial(s).
I have 2 wireless (domestic) routers and both have aerials which appear to be 'fixed'. Yes they twist and move up and down, but I don't want to apply force and break them.
Does that mean that you have to open the case and somehow un-connect them, so that a new aerial can be attached.




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  #348156 5-Jul-2010 19:22
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alisam: Out of interest, how do you upgrade the aerial(s).
I have 2 wireless (domestic) routers and both have aerials which appear to be 'fixed'. Yes they twist and move up and down, but I don't want to apply force and break them.
Does that mean that you have to open the case and somehow un-connect them, so that a new aerial can be attached.


Depends on the model but generally you would need a model which has detachable aerials giving you a coax connection.

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  #348562 6-Jul-2010 21:34
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You cannot replace the antennas unless they are detachable or unscrewable. You can get out the soldering iron but its just easier to buy a router or AP with antennas that can be replaced.

You also dont want to run a cable to your antenna, otherwise you will loose alot of the signal - its best to get the signal into the air earlier, than run it along a coaxial cable - even if it is 2.4ghz rated.
Instead, get a bigger screw on antenna, and place the access point itself in the better location and run the power and cat5 to it.






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  #348602 6-Jul-2010 23:32
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raytaylor: Instead, get a bigger screw on antenna, and place the access point itself in the better location and run the power and cat5 to it.


even better, just run cat5 to it and use PoE (power over ethernet) to power it.




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