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DealzSlickz 2,604 440 April 2, 2013 at 04:11 PM More Amazon Deals
Hi

I am buying this router from one guy from craigslist

Here is product link

http://www.amazon.com/Cisco-Airon...K9+Aironet

I am confused can I use this as regular router or I need some kind of enterprise connection thing, I have Comcast at home.

Thx in advance and will rep you all for answers.
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This is designed as an Enterprise wireless access point to work in unison with other access points and also to integrate with Cisco ACS (access control server). However, I am pretty sure it will work as a stand-alone access point. I used to install these but that was a long time ago.
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it's not a router, and cannot be used as one. it's a wireless access point that can bridge wireless and wired connections, but it won't perform any of the routing that a router will.
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Cisco PDF [cisco.com]

Cisco Aironet 600 Series OfficeExtend Access Points
The Cisco Aironet 600 Series is a simultaneous dual-band 802.11n access
point designed for the home telework environment or small, remote offices.
• Secure access from the home to the corporate environment
• Segmentation of personal network traffic from corporate traffic
• Controller-based deployment
• Does not support Cisco CleanAir technology

The higher end of Cisco WAPs usually come 2 ways: 1 which requires a wireless controller, and 1 which does not. You don't want the one which requires a controller for home use.
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It will also be a pain to configure probably. For home use your much better off with consumer equipment unless you do this as a day job.
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It will also be a pain to configure probably. For home use your much better off with consumer equipment unless you do this as a day job.
Yes it is. I have configured them. Cisco offers a class just for them, so take that as to how easy they are to manage. I would not buy for a home.

I'd compare it to owning a monster truck to use to get groceries. There are better and cheaper alternatives to get the job done.
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Yes it is. I have configured them. Cisco offers a class just for them, so take that as to how easy they are to manage. I would not buy for a home.

I'd compare it to owning a monster truck to use to get groceries. There are better and cheaper alternatives to get the job done.
I suspect that is what the OP was thinking because it was enterprise equipment he may get more range or speed or something like that which is probably not true.
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I suspect that is what the OP was thinking because it was enterprise equipment he may get more range or speed or something like that which is probably not true.
I see. Range to me was the same as an off the shelf Linksys AP when i was doing these. I suppose you could get more range when you mesh them, but that would require more than one AP (obviously).
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I see. Range to me was the same as an off the shelf Linksys AP when i was doing these. I suppose you could get more range when you mesh them, but that would require more than one AP (obviously).
Ya hard to compare mesh networks range to a single AP.
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yes my purpose was to get better and consist range, but as you said its not worth it, I dropped my plan.

rep you all.
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yes my purpose was to get better and consist range, but as you said its not worth it, I dropped my plan.

rep you all.
Just for future reference, enterprise routers differ from consumer routers in one key way:

On consumer routers almost every protocol is open so a consumer doesn't have the hassle of setting them up. Enterprise routers are the opposite. Everything is locked down and you have to configure the router through command line only allowing the traffic you want on your network.
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Just for future reference, enterprise routers differ from consumer routers in one key way:

On consumer routers almost every protocol is open so a consumer doesn't have the hassle of setting them up. Enterprise routers are the opposite. Everything is locked down and you have to configure the router through command line only allowing the traffic you want on your network.
This is getting a lot better on consumer hardware Security is a big deal and the user interfaces are getting better to step people through the setups of opening only what they need.
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Quote from jdowdy10 View Post :
Just for future reference, enterprise routers differ from consumer routers in one key way:

On consumer routers almost every protocol is open so a consumer doesn't have the hassle of setting them up. Enterprise routers are the opposite. Everything is locked down and you have to configure the router through command line only allowing the traffic you want on your network.
The cisco aironets do have a very advanced gui. No need for command line. However, still it is more advanced than any home user would ever want.
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The cisco aironets do have a very advanced gui. No need for command line. However, still it is more advanced than any home user would ever want.
That is good to know. I haven't really had any experience with enterprise routers besides the ones in my networking classes over a year ago and the school only had very old Cisco routers that the teacher of that class donated. He is the one who told me the information above.


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This is getting a lot better on consumer hardware Security is a big deal and the user interfaces are getting better to step people through the setups of opening only what they need.
Yeah, it is good to see router manufacturers taking a proactive step in helping with security. I remember you used to open the box, plug the router up and enter the same passwords to access the GUI, and remember to turn on security.

I believe the last three routers I've bought had codes in the box with my Wifi password. It is a start considering they can't access the router without being connected to the LAN. I always used to rush to turn on WEP (yes, back then) just because I was paranoid someone would log in first and attempt to hijack my router....lol.
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now if only they would disable the WPS by default.. or better yet the wireless entirely until it's been configured with a secure password
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