Hey guys, the business I work for is starting to get to the point where it really needs a REAL wireless solution. Currently, we're keeping up two separate networks (internal, for data, engineers, etc. and an external for anyone who needs Internet access). However, these are managed using consumer grade routers (a Netgear PoS and a WRT54G). After my spring quarter classes end in June, I'm hoping to replace the existing infrastructure with something more business oriented, especially something that will grow with them. However, this is outside the realm of my existing knowledge, which is why I come here
and here's what I'm looking for:
-Simple solutions. I don't want to have to buy four hardware racks worth of crap.
-Not expensive. This also doesn't mean 'cheap', but spending $1000 per setup is almost assuredly out of the question.
-The solutions need to support solid bandwidth use by ~50 computers, each. Obviously, our network load is not currently at this state, but I could see it growing to there in a couple of years.
-Needs to support MAC filtering both ways, i.e. that it will have an allow list and a disallow list (or at the very least can function as either).
-Prefer to not have to get a CCNA just to figure it all out.
-802.11g/n support, WPA2 (these I assume are givens in this day and age).
That's about it in terms of requirements I have. I'm sure I'd have more, but I don't really know what I'm looking for. I've attempted googling but most of what I come up for read as paid advertisements, or are VERY old articles (2007 and earlier for the most part). I figure data from those just isn't reflective of the market today (though that could be wrong).
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