As a bit of background, one of my primary responsibilities at my day job is wireless, but we're running about 1,000 APs, all the higher-end BlueSocket and Meru stuff with the expensive controllers.
I do some admin work for a non-profit and am searching for an access point to install for them. My main concerns are security, stability and - above all - easy remote management. It also needs to be something standalone - we only need one, so a controller/dumb-AP architecture won't work.
If at all possible, I'd like something manageable over telnet or SSH, as I'll be doing a lot of administration remotely. In terms of features, all I really need is WPA and MAC filtering.
The organization is totally funded by donations, with a VERY small budget, so cost is a major factor. (Up to now, we've been managing with a Soekris board running Linux).
Any suggestions? Specifically in terms of cost vs reliability, and remote management?
I've done some research (looked through almost every AP on NewEgg and Amazon) and came up with a few that I'm considering: - D-Link DWL-3200AP - 3com 3CRWE675075, 3CRWE776075 - Cisco (Small Business) WAP200, WAP2000, WAP4400N
The main features that I used to come up with the list:
- 802.11n isn't important, as we won't be upgrading to Gig-E any time soon.
- Telnet/SSH and SNMP management (see below)
- External antennae are good...
- Multiple WPA options (we may have embedded Linux devices connected, so something simple is good)
- MAC-based ACL / client whitelisting (hopefully configurable via SNMP and/or CLI)
- 802.1x is a plus, but by no means required
- Multiple BSSIDs, 802.1q VLAN to SSID mapping is a plus
(The only thing I'm really wondering about is how full-featured the Telnet and SNMP management is. I have an inexpensive Brother printer with Telnet management, but you can only access about 5% of what the web interface does...)
Any opinions on those models?