By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2004-01-05 Print this article Print

By customizing the media access control sublayer, Airespace achieves outstanding performance from its 1200 and 1200R REAP access points, averaging more than 6.8M-bps throughput in our 802.11b environment. However, when the rogue containment feature was enabled, we found it reduced performance by as much as 34 percent.

In ACS 2.0, Airespace has ditched its first-generation Java-based management console in favor of a slick Web-based interface. Using this revamped management dashboard, we easily imported our office floor plan and placed access points to predict coverage areas. It was a snap to then create access and security templates to apply to access points and switches.

The 1200R REAPs are remarkably easy to deploy. After briefly plugging a 1200R REAP into the 4024 switch, the REAP can be shipped to the branch office with the switch address embedded in memory. Additional 1200R REAPs dont ever need to be plugged into the switch—instead, these devices can locate the switch IP address via a wireless communication to the first 1200R REAP device.

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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