Basically I'm wondering what the best option would be from these two particular units. I'll write what I'm trying to achieve and I'm hoping somebody can point me in the right direction.
I require 2 wireless SSIDs to be broadcast, one for employees (encrypted [WPA2]) and one for public (unencrypted). From this I require two different DHCP scopes to be handed out to each of these and the ability to block traffic from crossing between the two different subnets.
I also require transparent proxy support (requests for HTTP from the public SSID are to be forwarded to a Squid proxy running on a different subnet) and finally 1-1 NAT support so internal addresses given by the DHCP server on the 'public' SSID are translated to addresses on the WAN subnet.
From what I've read and researched it seems that the 851W will perform all of these items however I'm slightly hazy on whether I'd require the 871W to actually broadcast the two different SSIDs.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
Hi, I have not checked if policy routing is in all the images for the 871, possibly it is.
I never used multiple broadcast'd SSID and I'm not sure of what is doable with the 871.
A properly configured "internal" PC does not need brodcast to connected to the internal SSID/VLAN. Multiple broadcast SSID are more useful for service provider APs carrying multiple network choices for the customer.
Usually customers (wrongly) associate non-broadcast SSID to better security, while in thie case they want all to be broadcast ?
This is why I'm telling that you need to familiarize yourself with the product and possibly with the different image options, to understand what is possible to do and what is not. All proper designs are made like this.
Thanks for the appreciation and good luck!