Which wifi AP is most reliable for IOS devices?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Peter, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    There is a widespread compatibility issue with wifi, caused by Apple
    having broken the old "standards". For example some of their stuff
    requests DHCP every 10 seconds or so. There is a ~90 page thread on
    the Apple forums about this, with no solutions...

    I would like to buy an AP which just works...

    A lot of the Cisco gear is very pricey though - $400 plus for a simple
    AP and it isn't clear what one is getting for that. The Linksys range
    is a lot better and I wonder if e.g. the WAP4410N will work OK?

    Apple's own wifi APs ought to work but they don't have web browser
    admin! You have to run their config software, which is stupid.

    Netgear and Draytek especially are having many problems with this.

    I would also like something with a decent range - enough to cover a
    reasonable size house (with brick walls and wooden floors) if mounted
    centrally.

    I am chucking out several Draytek 800 APs because they seem to have
    back doors, whereby an "unused" SSID seems to be enabled by default,
    and the security on it is off by default. They are also not reliable
    with the Ipad2/Iphone4 despite Draytek having released an upgrade for
    this reason.

    Many thanks for any input. I've just bought a WAP4410N on Amazon, to
    see if it is any better...
     
    Peter, Feb 13, 2012
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  2. Peter

    Andy Burns Guest

    I have very little time for Apple and their form over function devices,
    if buying an expensive proprietary iPhone leads to requiring an
    expensive proprietary AirPort, so be it.
    I can confirm that the 'industrial' cisco APs work with iPhones, I've
    never had to do anything to them specifically to allow iPhones to work.
     
    Andy Burns, Feb 13, 2012
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  3. If the problem is as widespread as you suggest, and essentially is in your
    equipment, it is then the chances of finding a solution by buying a random
    selection of AP would seem to be doomed to failure. Apple are not alone in
    thinking they know best and can ignore standards but unless they come up
    with a solution then you have a choice of buying Cisco, that I assume works,
    or a different make of phone.


    Peter Crosland
     
    Peter Crosland, Feb 13, 2012
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  4. Peter

    GIRS1 Guest

    Absolutely - totally agree.

    Our fix for this problem is simple and two fold, but it is a workplace -
    rather than domestic - fix.

    Step one: Block all devices with MAC addresses of the '00:25:4B' ilk
    Step two: firewall off any device that tries to repeat parts of DORA
    after x attempts in x seconds.

    What we've found doing this:
    People that take the piss moan a little, but generally productivity goes
    up. Those that really don't want to work and wish to dick about on their
    phones using our wi-fi tend to switch to Android or RIM. Double win.

    Apple. Causing trouble since Adam & Eve.
     
    GIRS1, Feb 13, 2012
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  5. Peter

    Phil W Lee Guest

    You have expressed my sentiments exactly, and probably more eloquently
    than I could have done myself.
     
    Phil W Lee, Feb 14, 2012
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  6. Peter

    GIRS1 Guest

    I'm just waiting for the new RFA's to go live (that is, RFC's ignored and
    rewritten for poor Apple hardware).

    Seriously, when I think of Apple customers I think "Individuals". I'm
    sure too that after visiting an Apple store, the next logical place to
    shop would be here:
     
    GIRS1, Feb 14, 2012
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  7. I think of 'I am really technically challenged but hubby/daddy/boyfriend
    has loads of dosh,, or needs to pretend he has'

    I'm
    Yup.
     
    The Natural Philosopher, Feb 14, 2012
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  8. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Brilliant.
     
    Peter, Feb 14, 2012
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