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Wifi in an old bank (lots of walls) Netgear WPN824v2 or Linksys WRT54g2?

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I'm tasked with setting up a small personal wireless network in what used to be a small town bank. The bank's IT department did a number on their server room and phone lines when they moved out so little is left of their original setup and I'm not allowed to do any remodeling. In order to get ADSL internet functioning at all in this building I will most likely have to place the modem and wireless router close to the fusebox where the phone lines enter the building. In between this area and the room which will hold one or two PC's are several walls some of which make up the old safe, so those are quite thick.

I have two wireless routers at my disposal, the linksys wrt54g2 and the Netgear wpn824v2 and I'm wondering which would be better in these conditions. The netgear router boasts something called 'extended range' but would this actually do anything useful in my situation or is it just a marketing gimmick? The wrt54g2 seems pretty standard.

I'm also wondering which PCI wireless card to use for the pc. In order to get the best possible signal I probably need a card with one or two antennas. At the moment I'm looking at the Netgear WN311B or the linksys WMP600-N-EU

Any input would be greatly appreciated
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Banks have heavy walls, as required by federal law.

Lot of steel and concrete. signal transmission through these walls is not going to be good, if much anything at all.

I would setup both, use one as a router and one as an access point
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Edit: Reading would probably help.

You might need different AP's in each section of the building, depending on how the layout and walls are.
Edited by beers - 10/19/10 at 8:20am
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Edit: Reading would probably help.

You might need different AP's in each section of the building, depending on how the layout and walls are.
I agree. Thick concrete/steel walls can completely degrade a wireless signal. I suspect you will need multiple, strategically-placed APs to adequately spread the signal. Wireless-N is highly recommended as well.
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This could be a fun project! Taking measurements and such! Deploying a multi AP solution!

Can we have a floorplan. Erm, for legitimate purposes, of course.
    
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I want to thank you all for your input but after some fiddling in what used to be the old server room I managed to make a quick and easy workaround using the bank's ethernet network. The use of this building is just temporary anyway hence I didn't want to make any costly investments. This way one or two AP's will suffice to get wireless to those rooms where it is needed.
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