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  • DanNeely - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    On the subject of enterprise wifi...

    Does anyone know what type of antenna is used in flat ceiling mounted access points? Standard dipole antennas won't work because they need to be oriented vertically to get a proper beam pattern.
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  • Warriors - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    Generally, the ceiling mounted AP has antenna pattern that is optimized to point downward to the floor, if you mount the AP correctly on the ceiling. It has better coverage than dipole antennas Reply
  • bigdavethewave - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    Ruckus Wireless has a WLAN controller solution for under $1,000 and the per AP price to license is still less than this what is listed here. Perhaps the Netgear and ZyXEL is actually the more expensive solution. Reply
  • Warriors - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    NETGEAR also has an entry level controller WC7520 that is less than $1000, and competes more directly with the Ruckus WLAN controller. The NETGEAR AP's are also less expensive (50% of the cost) than Ruckus. So overall, NETGEAR's solution is much more affordable Reply
  • kwrzesien - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    So I need some advice here, I'm running a NETGEAR FVS318G at home with Charter 30M/5M service and seem to only get 15M down through the router but get 30M down when direct connecting my desktop to the cable modem. For a while I've been content with this limitation because the 318 has kept my hard-wired network rock solid with uptimes of over a year between intentional reboots, which couldn't be said for my old Netgear N wireless router which has now be relegated to AP and switch duties. However I have noticed that running a Steam download on my desktop can pretty much tie-up the internet connection and even make the 318 unresponsive in the Admin control panel so there is something getting overwhelmed by the most basic of high-speed file transfers. Other users basically get no bandwidth during this time. What is it doing? Is it the CPU in the router? It does say it is limited to 25Mbps so I can't blame the product for having a limitation but I didn't expect it to be so bad at handling itself and other clients during peak activity.

    So I'm looking at getting a new router and don't really use any of the fancy features (VPN, DMZ) but do want support for at least 60M download speeds (Charter Spectrum is on the way) and would also be interested in one or more business class AP's that are 2x2 ac or better. Any thoughts? My usual shopping techniques just don't seem to be finding any great solutions - Ubiquiti seems to have some good solutions, are they worth the investment?
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  • kwrzesien - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    To clarify the cable modem and router are in a basement with gigabit wired connections to several switches around the house including the old wireless N box on the main floor. So the FVS318G is nice because it is just wired (no wireless) and has an eight port gigabit switch. I don't really need a wireless AP in the basement, but that would be an option if I also put a new main AP on the 2nd floor. Reply
  • Conficio - Thursday, May 29, 2014 - link

    You might experience #bufferbloat with your download stream tight up. Reply
  • oloap88 - Saturday, July 19, 2014 - link

    I don't like Netgear for enterprise solutions, and the price is mmm quite too high. 1000$ for 10 AP is a joke.
    point is that is clearly targeting small companies (2 ap licenses included) wich usually don't need a wlc at all...
    Zyxel though is way better imho, Always had good experiences with their products, only thing it lacks sfp+ but still i don't really see them as a must in small environments.
    For larger scenarios, i would never dare to advise anything but cisco stuff anyway, just for spare parts compatibility and ease of use, also because there is tons of stuff online of tested solutions, meaning i don't have to fail myself as i can learn from Others.
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