Netgear ProSafe wireless LAN system

The Netgear ProSafe wireless LAN system is a great fit for a small business, providing reliable performance at a low cost. A small IT team with average skills could easily install and maintain this device, though initial setup may present a significant hurdle.

Netgear provided us with two ProSafe WNDAP350 wireless access points (WAPs) and the ProSafe WMS5316 wireless management device for testing. The WAPs support simultaneous 802.11a and 80211b/g/n networking, and the management system can handle a maximum of 16 WAPs. The deployment was challenging, but performance was superior and maintenance was simple. At $300 for each WNDAP350 access point and $600 for the WMS5316 controller, the cost is also attractive. We were less impressed with Netgear’s customer support.

Netgear ProSafe deployment woes

Deploying the ProSafe system was not a trivial task. Although the two WNDAP350 WAPs arrived in the same box, they contained different versions of firmware. This seemed to be an issue when the Netgear controller could not detect the WAPs on our network. One of the general first steps involved with troubleshooting a network problem is to upgrade and standardize the firmware across devices. We tried this, but it did not solve the problem.

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