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I'd like some suggestions for a good wireless access point. What do you recommend:

Must be Cisco
Environment: small office (startup company dev environment)
Must support at least g, n
Must support WPA2
Must support at least 50 users on 20MB+ pipe

Thanks in advance!

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Most WiFi APs can handle a dozen or less active clients. The high end ones can do two dozen. Putting more on there (like 50+) is going to make people want to inflict bodily harm. –  Chris S Jan 28 '11 at 20:38
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A single access point won't be awesome for 50 people on a 20Mbps pipe.

Wifi is a shared medium and it degrades quickly as you add hosts. Two people streaming Pandora over wifi will make git checkouts a pain for other people.

Also keep in mind that every smart phone and ipad will also want to access that same wifi. (so that's maybe 100 end points?)

I prefer to hard wire desktops/laptops (especially for developers) in a startup environment. Switched gigabit ethernet is a lot cheaper to deploy than wifi, and the performance is easily two orders of magnitude better...

If you must have Wifi and since you seem to be sold on Cisco, maybe take the 2106 series wireless controllers? I've used their bigger brothers with good success.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps7206/index.html

They help by optimizing signal strength of your cisco APs for the environment.

Choosing which access points to pair with the controller is trickier.

There's usually a price premium for N, so I'd consider G-only (1130 model) if your budget is tight.

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+1 for wired and pointing to more APs. Very nice reply –  Dave M Jan 28 '11 at 21:01
    
I appreciate your taking time to respond, but I'm not asking for alternatives like lan controllers. I'm simply asking for the strongest Cisco AP for an office environment with the following requirements. - Must support g and n - Must support WPA2 Let me worry about bottlenecks, bandwidth and price. –  80skeys Feb 2 '11 at 0:16
    
@80skeys - please don't comment via an answer. –  Chopper3 Feb 2 '11 at 0:17
    
Controllers are used to sync multiple APs. You will most likely need multiple APs to meet your original requirements. Since you only want a single AP, get the 1130 model I suggested. –  Joel K Feb 2 '11 at 1:16
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