Router vs Access Point

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Kevin, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    I have SBS2003 Prem and am a Vet Hospital.
    HAve 50 users and recently added a laptop with diagnostics software. This
    laptop needs to be portable and has wireless on it. Wireless fpor the
    printing inside the building and checking with the internet for resources.
    I picked up a linksys SRX router for the distance.

    My question is this, use this wireless router or and access point?
    Which secure mode should I use? RADIUS, WEP, etc.
    Any resources sites or any other suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

    Thnak you,
    Kevin, Jul 8, 2005
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  2. Kevin

    Mike Stem Guest


    I am pretty new to SBS2003 but have a little experience with wireless, so I
    will bravely respond to your post. I support a SBS2003 STD network in my
    wife's medical office. They use several Tablet PC's, and half a dozen
    laptops, all are talking wirelessly to the SBS network. It works very well
    and the staff is satisfied.

    We use Linksys wireless access points. I plan to move to something a little
    more heavy-duty, like Cisco Aireonet, but frankly the low-end Linksys stuff
    works well enough now we are reluctant to spend the money. We use the
    Linksys plain-vanilla "G" AP, mounted on the wall high near the ceiling, and
    two of them cover the whole office, treatment room and waiting area. I
    recently upgraded them to "G" from the older "B" versions; the doctors
    started using digital imaging instead of film x-rays and we are moving a
    fair amount of data with these digital image files. As mentioned, they are
    happy and it works!

    As to security, I wouldn't use WEP, it has pretty well been thrown in the
    dust bin. The feature we are using is WPA2 and it has gotten some good
    press lately. I can't claim to know much about RADIUS servers and such,
    that is pretty much outside my league. I did some research and became
    convinced that using a G network with WPA2 encryption would work for us.
    You could spend the rest of your natural life researching wireless security
    and never read it all!

    Instead, surf over to this link:

    Scroll down to the headline named "Wireless Security That Works", it was
    covered in the May 26th, 2005 issue. It will tell you all you need to know.
    :>) Hope this helps... Also suggest subscribing to this Windows Secrets
    newsletter, it is a great resource.

    Mike Stem
    Cinti, OH
    SBS2003 Newbie
    Mike Stem, Jul 8, 2005
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  3. Hi Kevin,

    I agree with Mike's comments... I just wanted to add a couple more :)

    1) You have SBS Premium, if you are using ISA then using the Linksys in
    "router mode" might not be a good choice. I would either disable the routing
    features (or just connect it to the LAN side) or get a WAP.

    2) As Mike said... WEP is not good. WPA PSK is a better choice, but WPA +
    RADIUS would be the most secure option (allowing you to revoke the laptop
    certificate if it ever gets stolen, etc. and blocking their access). Here is
    a doc on how to secure a wireless network using RADIUS with SBS... it looks
    intimidating (at least it looked to me at first :), but its really simple.
    If you need help we will be more than glad to help you out. Documen...rosoft_Windows_Small_Business_Server_2003.doc

    I hope this helps!
    Javier Gomez [SBS MVP], Jul 8, 2005
  4. Hi Kevin and Mike

    In addition to Javier's comments you are both in high end Medical practice
    and I encourage you to get someone to do a Hippa audit because the recent
    changes are quite stringent.

    Frank McCallister SBS MVP
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Jul 8, 2005
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