cheap access point
Mon Sep 4 11:29:41 PDT 2006
> I'm currently designing a small box with access point functionnality.
> I don't which kind of hardware to use for the access point (PCMCIA,
> PCI, USB....)
From personal experience, I would recommend either a PCI/Cardbus or
PCMCIA card, and to stay away from USB based devices.
> Do you have some ideas about the price of those components for 100 000
> units ?
No idea, sorry
> Do you know some integrated small form factor cards supporting hostap ?
Well, HostAP will work with pretty much any device which has either a
Prism or Atheros Chipset in it.
For a small form factor, I would recommend MiniPCI cards, such as those
found in laptops. An Atheros based MiniPCI card will give you a
802.11b/g Access Point (up to 108mbit/s with TurboG proprietary
extension) with (depending on the hardware) one or two antenna connections.
Look at the Atheros website wiki for a list of all supported cards in
all form factors.
Another option, which I have personally seen used on some AP's are
PCMCIA/Cardbus cards. These have the benefit of being easily removable
(e.g. for replacement).
The only issue I have seen is that because Cardbus cards work in
laptops, and they are easy to remove, a huge number of these access
points had their cards stolen by people.
> Thanks and regards
No problem, hope I was of some help =)
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