- Linksys Wireless Network Access Point WAP11 (24 April 2001)
- Approximate Cost: $149 Buy.com, $179 from Best Buy after rebates, ibuyer.net ($235-$281)
- OS Support: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, or ME (for configuration)
- Protocol: 802.11b
- Nics: 1 Wireless, 1 Ethernet
- Antenna Connectors: 2 External Dipole Antennas, Removable, RP-TNC Female Jacks
- Server Functions: None
- Bridged Mode: Yes
- Security: 40-bit WEP
- Power Source: 5 V, 2 Amp DC
- Useful Links (Reviews, Product Description etc):
- New version of the firmware!
- Wireless Bridging of physically separated LANs
- MAC Address filtering
- IP Filtering
- SNMP Configuration Utility password protection
- DHCP client
- 128-bit WEP
Unfortunately, I cannot get the new firmware to flash completely. It still functions to pass packets, but e.g. the SNMP manager cannot find it now. --[http://russnelson.com]
Cheap at $179 after rebates. This product is only a Wireless Ethernet Bridge. That's all, no NAT, no DHCP, no MAC filtering. Supports 40/64 bit WEP. Authentication Types are Open System, Shared Key, or both. Supports Short Preamble and Long Preamble. Basic Rates Include 1-2 Mbps, and 1-2-5.5-11 Mpbs, and Auto Rate Fall Back is a settable option. Fragmentation Threshold, and RTS Threshold are also settable. IP Settings are a bit screwed up. The wireless bridge comes with a static address and doesn't have the ability to use a DHCP server. Client machines attached to the wireless bridge can use DHCP fine though. Also Linksys says there is a bug in the IP settings that it doesn't allow the SNMP configuration utility to set two-digit IP addresses in the last two octets. Another bug is that with a Lucent Orinico card in W2K it reports an error message all the time that can be ignored. The latest version of the driver (Lucent's) is supposed to fix this. My biggest complaint, and the reason why I will be returning this product is that it doesn't have any password protection to the configuration. Anyone on your network that has downloaded the configuration program from Linksys's website can reconfigure your bridge at their will. Stupid. This product looks like it would be great for the Personal Telco project with the external detachable antennas, and cheap price, but it's fatal flaw is no password on the configuration. If Linksys fixes this in a future firmware release I would think about purchasing this product again. Until then it goes back to the store. -- TerrySchmidt
It is true that there is no password protection, but i do not believe it can be configured over wireless. It can be configured over usb with their "DFU" utility, or via wired ethernet with their SNMP program (both are windows only; there is no builtin http server as in the linksys switch/nat products). The wired side has a fixed ip address, default 192.168.1.250 (the wireless clients are bridged and get their own ip address, presumably through a dhcp server on the other side). So it is somewhat secure, since USB requires physical access, and the wired side requires private network access. But in larger companies, the private network has to be protected from employees. I had problems getting any settings to "stick", until i downloaded new firmware and the latest versions of the config software. Even with the the little antennas, my coverage has been the same as with an ad hoc network, but I do not have any other AP to compare it to. -- email@example.com
- The WAP11 Can be configured, using the SNMP Setup Utility, via wireless. A bit of a hole I would say... --John
- New version of the firmware!
- Great document by XamRTime of Wi2600 on how to make your Wap11 useful.