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NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350

Mfg Part #: WNDAP350-100NAS

NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350

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Our Price$274.07
ConditionNew and Factory Sealed
Out of Stock as of 2:47am 3/29/2014

Concurrent duel bond operation on PoE power

Internal antennas optimized for maximum performance

Intuitive GUI for easy configuration

Up to 15x the speed and 10x the coverage of 802.11g networks

Concurrent operation in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio band for maximum wireless throughput

Backward compatibility with 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11b network devices

Security features include WPA, WPA2, rogue AP detection and 802.1x with RADIUS support

Support for 802.3af PoE for optimal placement of access point

Up to 15x the speed and 10x the coverage of 802.11a, 802.11g networks

Operation in 5 GHz radio band to avoid interference from 802.11b or 802.11g network devices

Concurrent operation in 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio band

Backward compatibility with 802.11a, 802.11g and 802.11b network devices

Integrated 802.3af PoE eliminates extra cables and enables optimal placement of the access point

Comprehensive SNMP functionality for advanced network management

Deploy wireless coverage over large areas with point-to-point and point-to-multipoint bridging via Wireless Distribution System (WDS)

Security features include WPA, WPA2, rogue AP detection and 802.1x with RADIUS support

Plenum-rated for safe and convenient placement above drop-down ceilings

Metal case includes Kensington lock slot for anti-theft

Internal antennas factory-optimized for maximum RF performance

Antenna take-offs enable optional accessory antenna attachment for 2.4 GHz operations

Wireless N with Concurrent dual band operation with quality of service.

Up to 15x the speed and 10x the coverage of legacy products.

Full enterprise security with WAP, WPA2, 802.1x with Radius and built in rogue AP detection.

In The Box
  • NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350
  • Mounting kit
  • Network cable
  • Power adapter

General Specifications

Manufacturer Part #WNDAP350-100NAS
Manufacturer UPC #0606449064643
Cost Central Item #11013911
Product DescriptionNETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point WNDAP350 - Wireless access point - 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft 2.0)
Device TypeWireless access point
Form FactorExternal
LocalizationNorth America
Data Link ProtocolIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
OS RequiredUNIX, Apple MacOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Power Over Ethernet (PoE) SupportedPoE
Manufacturer WarrantyNETGEAR lifetime warranty

Extended Specifications

Device TypeWireless access point
LocalizationNorth America
Form FactorExternal
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Data Link ProtocolIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
Remote Management ProtocolSNMP, Telnet, HTTP, SSH
Status IndicatorsLink activity, power, link OK, test mode
FeaturesPower over Ethernet (PoE), VPN support, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), repeating mode, VPN passthrough, Wireless Distribution System (WDS) support, wireless bridge mode
Encryption Algorithm128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP, SSL, TLS, PEAP, TTLS, WPA, WPA2
Authentication MethodSecure Shell (SSH), RADIUS, Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)
Compliant StandardsIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.3af, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
AntennaInternal integrated
Antenna Qty1
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces1 x 1000Base-T - RJ-45
1 x management - DB-9
Cables Included1 x network cable
Mounting KitIncluded
Power Over Ethernet (PoE) SupportedPoE
Power DeviceExternal power adapter
Software / System Requirements
Software IncludedDrivers & Utilities
OS RequiredUNIX, Apple MacOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & SupportNETGEAR lifetime warranty

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Review Date: Sep 16, 2011


Strengths: It has a good feature set for the price and may work great for some users.

Weaknesses: Wireless connections can be fickle. POE is fickle. Netgear is terrible at releasing updates. After a year they will release an update that fixes 2 problems when there has been several problems. This along with the next item indicates that Netgear is not 100% committed to the idea of a business product in this category. Netgear released an update that wipes the config and will not accept a the config from a backup config file and their answer is write down your config and manually restore. That may be acceptable for a consumer product, but not a business product. Does not support IPv6.

Summary: Overall this product is good for the price. However, I can't say that it's the right product for everyone, because it is not a solid product. This is going to be a long and detailed post, but I want to be fair and provide some real information that someone looking for a medium end WAP with business features for a home or a small business can use to make an informed decision. My biggest complaint is that the wireless is a bit flaky. Connections randomly become slow and in some cases become unusable and have to be reestablished. When it is working as it should, the performance is good for a few devices doing data intensive work. e.g. A laptop streaming a move, Xbox 360 gaming and a laptop and an iPod on facebook and general web browsing. Too much of this and you will notice. I can stream 2 movies over wireless, 3 sometimes and forget 4. The second major issue is Netgear seems to provide very poor support in fixing problems with these small business devices. It has taken a year for them to provide an update that fixes 2 issues and then a couple of months later they release an update that fixes 8 issues, but at the expense of loosing all of your settings. The fix to that is to manually enter your settings. That is just not acceptable for a business class device. An issue I ran in to was that I had a friends Laptop running Windows Vista that would not work when connected to any of my SSIDs using WPA. I tried updates, different drivers, restored the laptop to factory defaults, tried different drivers again, etc., but it would not work with WPA. The connection would be established and the laptop could obtain an IP, but no communication would occur. It worked fine when connected to this WAP using WEP using the same SSID or others already configured for WEP. I tested this same laptop with a Netgear consumer wireless router (DIR-825) and a D-Link WAP (DWL-8600AP) and everything worked as expected when connected to an SSID using WPA or WEP on either of these devices. With the DIR-825 all things were not equal because it connected directly to my internet connection and had it's own SSIDs and wireless security settings, while connections from the WNDAP350 had to get through a pfSense firewall. However, DWL-8600AP is a business WAP and a potential replacement for the WNDAP350 and all of the SSIDs, WEP/WPA settings and keys, VLANs and connection to the pfSense firewall were identical. This indicates an issue specific to the WNDAP350 and the issue continued even when it and the laptop were reset to factory defaults. Another issue is that the WNDAP350 does not boot via POE from my Cisco switch. It will using high end Cisco switches. Once the WNDAP350 has power if I unplug the main power it will remain powered via POE until I disconnect the Ethernet cable for about 5 seconds. So basically it will not boot using POE. The DWL-8600AP has no issue booting via POE when connected to my Cisco switch. This indicated that the WNDAP350 needs more power to boot then is claimed via their documentation. Finally, I see a large number of IOCTL errors in the log which I have traced to being a problem with some wireless chipsets. These problems have been resolved long ago, but it seems that Netgear can't or won't fix this. This and related wireless patches could resolve the issues I have noted and that I have read in other reviews. Well I hope this review helps someone make a decision. For some this device may work exceptionally well, but for others it could be a $280 nightmare. I have not been able to find any other WAP with this feature set at this price point. The closest replacement I have found is the D-Link DWL-8600AP which retails at just under $600 and it does not have all the features of the Netgear unless perhaps those can only be set via CLI which would be fine with me. The few "missing" features are not major, and may not be an issue for most, read below. I have not had much time with the DWL-8600AP, but so far I have not been able to set WMM settings or the time zone, client isolation is all or nothing rather than SSID specific, time server hostnames that start with a number are not accepted and the web interface looks old, but it is faster than the Netgear interface and allows https only. On the plus side, the DWL-8600AP is not generating errors, has more solid wireless connectivity, allows you for force SSL access, works perfectly with POE, boots faster, allows for up to 16 SSID per radio (32 total), support for IPv6, etc. For performance and less headaches, the DWL-8600AP seems to be the better option. The price is steep, but not compared to a Cisco or Juniper with the same base feature set. As far as I can tell higher end products by companies like Cisco are the next step. DWL-8600AP is working better for all my devices with more wireless traffic. So far I have streamed 3 movies over the network via 2 laptops and an Xbox 360 plus another movie via Netflix via a WDTV Live Plus while surfing with an iPod. Of course, there was other non-wireless local network and internet traffic at the same time. There have been no issues so far.

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