I am running a small wireless network (30 users) at my school and it seems that my D-Link 624 Wireless Router just can't cut it anymore. I am getting about 5-10 outages a day when the lab fills up. I am thinking I need to upgrade to a more powerful router. I tried to take an old PC, install FreeBSD (failed!) and Ubuntu (failed!), and get it to do NAT and Masquerading but I wasn't able to figure it out and I don't have the time to do all of the research. Perhaps Suse would be a viable option?
Does anyone know how I can use this old computer as a simple router and hook up an access point? What about the Apple Airport Extreme? Should that be able to handle the load? What's a good high-powered router that I can find in the =80500 range? The students do not do anything out of the ordinary besides downloading and uploading photos and printing.
Thanks in advance.