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Wireless Features

Given the rich feature set on the 2900G's wired side, the wireless side of the router has a way to go before it adequately holds up its end of the product. Figure 15 shows that you pretty much just get the basics, though the ability to shut off the radio and disable SSID broadcast are pluses in my book.

I did like, however, that the Call Scheduling feature can also be applied here to automatically turn the wireless section on and off at programmed times as an extra measure of security.

Vigor 2900G - Wireless Setup screen

Figure 15: Wireless Setup screen

The list of missing features is long, though, with transmit rate, VLAN and Bandwidth Control features at the top my desired "To Do" list for both security and usability reasons. Next on the list are support for WDS-based bridging and repeating, since there are few 11g routers with this desirable range-extension capability.

In the "would be nice" category are settings such as transmit power control, Beacon and DTIM Interval and Fragmentation and RTS Threshold, though I admit these are interesting to a relatively small number of users. I'd also like to see an enable for any "enhanced" throughput features (since the 2900G is PRISM based these would be Nitro or Nitro XM), though it appears that none are currently supported (more in the Wireless Performance section).

Also on my missing feature list is wireless client monitoring since the 2900G lacks any features for specifically monitoring wireless clients or traffic. Maybe it's just me, but I still can't figure out why companies continue to get away with not providing the ability for administrators to quickly and easily see the wireless stations associating (and attempting to associate) with a network. Sure, you can use the DHCP client list and syslog User Access log info, but I don't consider that very helpful for easily keeping an eye on wireless activity.

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