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Base station or Access Point?????

I am going to go wireless at my home office. My ISP is wireless using 350 PCI with a cable run directly from the Desktop PC card to the antenna mounted on my house. I'm running W2K (internet sharing from WAN to LAN (DHCP)) with a second nic going to a Linksys switch in which my laptop is wired to. My question is can I get by using the AIR-BSE342 as my access point or do I need the 'true' access point for the extra $200. If I can get 80 feet at 10 I'll be satisfied. If I'm correct all I would have to do then if the base station will work is to run a cable from my switch to the base station and static ip the base station (which will then be DHCP for my laptop). Any help would be appreciated.

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New Member

Re: Base station or Access Point?????

AIR-BR342 is EOL since the end of Feb. See http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/cc/pd/witc/ao350ap/prodlit/1570_pp.htm for details. I would still go with the 350 access point if I were you.

New Member

Re: Base station or Access Point?????

The APs are cheap now (after the price reduction). The Captive Antenna model AIR-AP352E2C will give you the 80 feet you want if you put a AIR-PCM352 in your laptop.

Or, get the AIR-AP352E2R-A-K9 and a good antenna (less than $50) and you can work outside too.

You can see a summary of the differences between the Cisco APs and "Brand L" at: www.bluemodal.com/aironet.html (and check prices)

The consumer-grade APs are cheap, and some are well-built, but they all have less power and fewer options.

Matthew Wheeler

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Re: Base station or Access Point?????

I was told by Cisco that there are no outdoor antennas for their 352 access point (AIR-AP352E2R-A-K9). I ordered a 352 AP, but had to go with a indoor AP diversity antenna. Are the outdoor antennas you referred to another brand? The 352 is not going to be used as a wireless bridge, just a access point for a small LAN.

Thanks

Terry

New Member

Re: Base station or Access Point?????

Our supplier on Friday gave me prices for both, and his price is $33 difference with AP's at well under $600, buy the AP.

New Member

Re: Base station or Access Point?????

The antenna options that Cisco gives you represent less than 1% of what's available after-market.

Matthew Wheeler

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