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The WNDAP350 comes set to a fixed 192.168.0.237 IP, which, along with default username and password is conveniently located on a bottom cover sticker.

I really wish NETGEAR would put product GUI simulators online so that you could test drive products for yourself. I'll run through some key screenshots in a moment, but first here's a feature summary:

  • Wireless Modes
    2.4 GHz: 11b; 11bg; 11ng (no N only or G only modes)
    5 GHz: 11a; 11na (no N only mode)
  • MAC address filtering
  • WEP and Personal / Enterprise WPA / WPA2 wireless security
  • 802.3af Power over Ethernet support
  • Per-radio tranmit power control (full, half, quarter, eighth, minimum)
  • Per-radio transmit data rate
  • Per-radio client connection limit (0-63, 63 default)
  • Per-radio eight SSIDs, each with separate wireless security
  • Per-radio client isolation
  • 8021.q VLAN support (two supported: one management; one traffic)
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) support
  • "Rogue" AP scan
  • HTTP captive portal redirect ("Hotspot")
  • DHCP server (no IP reservation)
  • Telnet, SSH, SNMP, HTTP, HTTPS admin (Defaults: Telnet off, SSH on)
  • Ethernet and WLAN statistics
  • Syslog and HTTP log support
  • Wired and per-radio network statistics
  • Wireless packet capture (pcap format)

A gander at the above list reveals a few features like "Rogue AP" detection, STP and VLAN support and command line interface that you don't get with consumer routers. But, frankly, most consumers don't care about them anyway. Don't get too excited about the Rogue AP detection either because it doesn't include emailed alerts and is for APs only, not clients.

What you might miss, however, is the convenience of Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), which isn't supported, since it's not used in the business environment that the WNDAP350 is intended for.

Figure 4 is a shot of the Wireless Basic Settings page. A few things to note are that the Channel Width has settings of 20, 40 and Auto 20/40 and that there is a default Auto setting for the Channel / Frequency selector. Basic QoS settings are limited to Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) and WMM Powersave switches (both enabled by default).

WNDAP350 Wireless settings screen
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Figure 4: WNDAP350 Wireless settings screen

Figure 5 shows the Advanced Wireless settings for the 2.4 GHz radio and Figure 6 for 5 GHz.

WNDAP350 advanced wireless settings - 2.4 GHz

Figure 5: WNDAP350 advanced wireless settings - 2.4 GHz

Both radios allow limiting the number of client connections, but, as noted earlier, only the 2.4 GHz radio has the external antenna option.

WNDAP350 advanced wireless settings

Figure 6: WNDAP350 advanced wireless settings - 5 GHz

When enabled, Client Isolation prevents communication between clients on the eight different virtual SSIDs. But clients associated with the same SSID can freely communicate. There are also no controls to block wireless traffic from the wired LAN or to direct it to a specific VLAN per SSID for "guest" WLAN use.

If you know your way around tweaking Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA) parameters for WMM, you can have at it for both radios as shown in Figure 7. But most of us will just leave these settings be.

WNDAP350 advanced QoS settings - 2.4 GHz

Figure 7: WNDAP350 advanced QoS settings - 2.4 GHz

Both radios support WDS-based wireless bridging and, with a check of the Enable Wireless Client Association box, repeating. You can form point-to-point and four-member multipoint bridges (Figure 8) and secure each of them via WEP, WPA or WPA2. Note that WPA / WPA2 encryption for WDS links is not standard, so it may not work with other manufacturers' products that also support these modes.

WNDAP350 Bridging settings

Figure 8: WNDAP350 Bridging settings

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