|Someone wants to sell me a few BR500Es for a low price.
|I was told that the BR500e is only capable of 64-bit WEP and suffers
|from many security issues.
|Anyone got any experiences or info about the BR500e?
The AP4800E/BR500E/BR342 are all essentially the same hardware platform
(with slight differences in newer manufacturing) and can all run the
latest 8.80 firmware which supports 128-bit WEP and many other features.
(The difference between an APxxxx and a BRxxx is just a firmware key,
but that can be got around. :)
There is a potential problem, though. Inside each box is a PCMCIA radio
card. Original AP4800Es and (as far as I know) BR500Es shipped with a
PC4800. The PC4800 cannot do WEP at rates over 2Mb/s. Moreover, the
latest radio firmware releases from Cisco break WEP completely on those
cards and the latest AP/bridge firmware *includes* such radio firmware,
essentially rendering older boxes useless for WEP without a card swap.
The BR342 comes with a PC4800A which is compatible with the current
firmware and which can run WEP at 11Mb/s. It is also a 100mW radio.
Unfortunately, PC4800As seem to be kind of rare and are hard to identify
from the label. Fortunately, the current AP/bridge firmware supports PC350
cards so at worst you would have to get a pair of those to upgrade the
BR500Es. (You would then have a configuration that--I think--never
actually shipped. So there might be a support issue.) You could also
presumably use PC4800B cards which support WEP at 11Mb/s but which are
only ~35mW radios.