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Looking for a wireless switch (not router)

I have been charged by our technician to find a 5-8 port gigabit switch with a wireless option built in. This will be part of a build out that he is doing that includes a
NETGEAR ProSafe FS726TP Smart Switch - Switch - managed - 24 x 10/100 + 2 x combo Gigabit SFP - desktop - PoE

I was told if he had to have a router to be sure that he can turn off the routing abilties. As I peruse through the definitions of various wireless routers with additional ports I don't see this option spelled out.

Any suggestions or options?

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From memory

Cisco had that in their commercial/business gear. I'm not a catalog but these were obtained by calling up their engineers and planning the big systems. The only downsides was the cost. Figure a few K bucks for each unit.

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Too High End

Thank you for your response but that indeed is too high end for our needs. I am hoping someone will have a great wireless router solution with the 5 ports in the under $100 range that will work.

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Not a single router has blocked me from disabling the DHCP. However even a SWITCH does route packets so there's some short discussion needed about this.

But every wifi router and I mean ALL, so far let me turn it into an AP or WAP.

Why no one will spec this is simple. If you detail it out you SCARE away the buyers.

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Most routers will work even without turning the router function off, they bridge the the switch ports and wireless together on the lan side.

If you really do not need the gig ports I would just connect a dumb AP to your netgear switch. This would make you netgear into a wireless switch. POE on your existing switch makes placement of the wireless AP in a optimum location much easier.

Switches that can do wireless are a little rare and generally are in the small business market and have prices to go with them.

You can get small gig switches and AP cheaper than you can buy a wireless switch. Unless you plan to spend lots of money you will be limited to 100m connection to your netgear switch. The netgear only uses SFP modules which will cost as much as the switch.

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