[AusNOG] Group WiFi
jlindsay at internode.com.au
Thu Nov 1 14:19:22 EST 2007
My personal favourite is the Apple Airport.
The current model Airport Extreme can connect to a dumb DSL modem,
cable modem or wireless broadband service and launch a PPPoE
connection or do routed IP. (Ignore the old Extreme which has a
modem. It's still does nice stuff but it's obsolete.)
Supports "a,b,g and n" in both 2.4 and 5.8 GHz.
Also has 3 downstream Ethernet ports.
All the usual NAT stuff is supported and it does IPv6 for added value.
Apple state it's good for up to 50 users.
The Airport Express is a "wall wart" form factor box about the size of
a large packet of smokes. It does "b and g" in 2.4 GHz. It has an
Ethernet port which can connect back to a hub or be used with a
broadband service including launching a PPPoE connection.
You can build wireless repeater networks with this hardware very
easily using the configuration software supplied by Apple.
For added value both models can drive a printer from their USB port.
The Extreme can support a hard drive which turns it into a nice but
quite slow NAS server.
Apple's online store says its good for up to 10 users.
I have never seen these user limits documented as hard limits in terms
of associated clients or NAT sessions. The tech specs for both
products don't mention this limit.
John Lindsay - Carrier Relations Manager - Internode and Agile
On 31/10/2007, at 5:48 PM, Stephen Baxter wrote:
> Hey Guys,
> After some feedback here on doing wireless for a conference. What
> wireless access points work best together ? Is it just as simple as
> running some WRTG54 on the same SSID in the same space and they all
> happy together or are some products and how they are deployed better
> than others.
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