I apologize I haven’t investigated this a great deal in advance, but I would appreciate some clarification and advice.
I work for a small business (~20 users and wired computers) in an old converted four story house. About a year ago, I replaced the router with a Peplink 20. The rest of the building is connected via a series of dumb gig switches. At the time, they had no desire to have wifi, so I didn’t push for anything more.
Now, of course, they have a need for wireless, for both employees and customers.
What I would like is two separate wifi networks. One allowed on the internal network, WPA2 encrypted, for employees. A separate open (or possibly password protected) network that is isolated that is isolated from the internal network.
Based on the layout of the building and where the router is located, there’s no way an integrated router and AP would provide sufficient coverage. So I need the ability to have multiple APs.
Peplink seems like the right solution. But I need to make sure I get the right stuff.
I was looking at the AP One In Wall and put it between the Balance 20 and a downlink switch, but it only has 100M network ports (is that right?)
The other option is the AP One AC mini. And just run a few new wires direct to the Balance 20 or more likely a single poe managed switch.
Or is the AP One 300M worth twice the price? I guess it saves the money having to run new wiring.
Next question, I know the Balance Routers can manage APs. Is the Balance 20 sufficient for this? And does it have the features to create the isolated wifi network? Or do I need something running the InControl software?
Thanks for any input on my configuration. I’d be happy to answer any questions.