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Old 06-01-2012, 08:36 PM
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What is your recommendation for a high power router that would be used in a large home or spanned office space? I am curious what people on here are using.

I personally have been addicted to EnGenius access points (don't care for their routers too much) as they offer 600mW of wireless output, POE, and very solid performance.

Is there any other company offering sub $150 routers/APs that do the same thing? My requirements are:

* POE
* 4 port LAN (100 or GB lan)
* Wall mountable

Please post any recommendations. I came across a few people on here saying that they like the Amped Wireless units coming out (http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/a...s-2012-lineup/) but I would like some more opinions. A few people mentioned Cisco but I always hear horror stories about their pricing.

Thanks!
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:09 AM
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Not sure but I reckon it might be worth looking into something that can handle 802.11ac, if there's anything about.

They may not have the hardware to support the protocol yet, but theres some level of future proofing provided if its practical to implement.


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Have you considered Powerline networking. As long as the office has sound wiring they will give you better speeds than wireless.
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I've used Ubiquiti before because they didn't cost as much as the others I was looking at. Was for outdoor applications though. Never tried their other products for setups inside buildings.

http://www.ubnt.com
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For SMB...I prefer to separate the wireless from the router. So I'll use access points instead....no wireless routers.

Lately have been using Ubiquiti UniFi for the smaller side of SMB clients...with great success.
http://www.ubnt.com/unifi

For larger side of SMB clients...HP ProCurve managed wireless....they use a controller, starting price at near 4 grand.
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What is your recommendation for a high power router that would be used in a large home or spanned office space? I am curious what people on here are using.

I personally have been addicted to EnGenius access points (don't care for their routers too much) as they offer 600mW of wireless output, POE, and very solid performance.

Is there any other company offering sub $150 routers/APs that do the same thing? My requirements are:

* POE
* 4 port LAN (100 or GB lan)
* Wall mountable

Please post any recommendations. I came across a few people on here saying that they like the Amped Wireless units coming out (http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/a...s-2012-lineup/) but I would like some more opinions. A few people mentioned Cisco but I always hear horror stories about their pricing.

Thanks!
I have a preference for Engenius as well. Outdoor durability has been great and I haven't had many problems with failures or config issues. Id also like to see what other people are using too. I haven't bothered with anything Ubiquiti yes just because the Engenius gear has been great and I'm used to the setup.

Anyone that's used both and can comment?

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I really like the D-LINK AMPLIFI range myself
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I have installed and Amped setup before, and as far as install goes, it was pretty simple. That's about the end of the positive review though. The gear itself, which was the outdoor rated equipment, didn't seem terribly secure against the weather (a plastic clip on cover and gravity are the only barriers against the environment). It also was a little more finicky about its connection and line of sight than I had seen in other devices.
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Cisco 2100/2500 series WLAN Controllers with an Access point or two. Should be about 2-3000....
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