Wanted - best access point



  • can some1 recommend a high power access point which can be wall mounted, small in size, one network port to connect to pfsense through a switch, wireless b,g,n support and using a power adapter in the range of 110V-230V.

    most i found are huge or are unnecessarily having 4 port switch which i dont need, i just want a good quality access point to support many wireless clients and to do the job of an access point only and no router level stuff as that pfsense will do.

    i found this Motorola AP650 Thin 802.11n but no idea whats the price etc, main concern is size and high power as i use a compex card in pfsense but the fact is pfsense as access point is worthless.



  • DLINK DAP-360 with a good signal range.



  • @rootlurker:

    DLINK DAP-360 with a good signal range.

    frankly speaking i dont like those d-link stuff, reason being, not powerful enough radios and mostly they dont mention also whats the power output and i used to have a b/g access point, i had replaced the antenna with a high gain one but still things seemed slow and signal never reached my other rooms.

    mayb some professional equipment would be good that support large number of wireless clients as well as provide speeds of 300mbps



  • a CPE type access point would be great without the poe stuff



  • a gigabit Ethernet port would be required or else wireless n would be of no use


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    You will often find that "access points" end up more expensive than routers that have more features.

    I have an Asus RT-N16 running Tomato and I love it. It is a "router" but I just use it as an AP/bridge and it does the job very well. It has 4 (well, 5 if you count the WAN port I bridged) gigabit ports on the back end so it doesn't quite meet the requirements you asked for. Even though it is a router all of the routing features can be disabled if you don't want them, that's all just software.

    I have some EDIMAX APs that I got to slave to it and looking back I should have really just got some RT-N12's or RT-N16's and used them instead. The software is likely going to be the same in either case on some APs.



  • @jimp:

    You will often find that "access points" end up more expensive than routers that have more features.

    I have an Asus RT-N16 running Tomato and I love it. It is a "router" but I just use it as an AP/bridge and it does the job very well. It has 4 (well, 5 if you count the WAN port I bridged) gigabit ports on the back end so it doesn't quite meet the requirements you asked for. Even though it is a router all of the routing features can be disabled if you don't want them, that's all just software.

    I have some EDIMAX APs that I got to slave to it and looking back I should have really just got some RT-N12's or RT-N16's and used them instead. The software is likely going to be the same in either case on some APs.

    thanks for the info, is there any chance to have pfsense working rock stable as AP in the near future, if so then it would solve the gigabit and a separate device issues for me


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    No idea when it comes to N rates. We haven't fully moved 2.1 to FreeBSD 9 yet.

    For many it's a rock solid AP now, but it depends on the setup and site. Many of the drivers don't deal so well with noisy environments (hence the stuck beacons and such). For me I haven't ever had a problem with stability on my pfSense AP (an ALIX I use for testing on another channel). But it's lacking N support obviously.



  • i currently use a atheros based card, a/b/g and in on channel 4 which no1 else is on in my neighborhood, other than the stuck beacon what i noticed is, sometimes when 2 or more wireless clients r connected, then if i suddenly start a file downlaod from the itnernet, then at times it goes as slow as 2-3KBps on a 8mbps line so i need to stop that downlaod and start it again then the proper speed applies, same holds true while surfing, sometimes it surfs normal and at times, to open google.com takes more than 10 secs, what i think is the wireless card gets stuck or something or something else causing it coz same clients i tried with an aztech and dlink AP and both seem to handle wireless traffic normal, on those 2 u dont feel different than being connected by wire



  • I have several Foundry IronPoint APs in use (Predate our use of pfSense).
    (FYI: These are tied into a Foundry FastIron 9406).



  • @jimp:

    You will often find that "access points" end up more expensive than routers that have more features.

    I have an Asus RT-N16 running Tomato and I love it. It is a "router" but I just use it as an AP/bridge and it does the job very well. It has 4 (well, 5 if you count the WAN port I bridged) gigabit ports on the back end so it doesn't quite meet the requirements you asked for. Even though it is a router all of the routing features can be disabled if you don't want them, that's all just software.

    I have some EDIMAX APs that I got to slave to it and looking back I should have really just got some RT-N12's or RT-N16's and used them instead. The software is likely going to be the same in either case on some APs.

    Don't mean to hijack this thread but what version of tomato are you using and what are your settings? I have a RT-N16 that I would like to turn into an AP and have it wired straight into the pf box.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I'm using TomatoUSB, and no special settings. I just have the "wan" port bridged to the LAN and DHCP is off. It isn't actually "routing" anything, it's just basically a wireless bridge with a switch at this point.



  • its all about the Ubiquiti PowerAP N  ;D


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