PCI/PCI-E Wireless card support
I suggest to add Wireless version of appliance with included support for wlan cards. Such setup would be benefitial for small companies occupying only 1-2 rooms. Integrated Wireless card would be capable o covering the entire small office area and there would be no need to install separate APs.
This would be also benefitial for home users that now uses Astaro with low-cost APs
With our access points, we achieve the same goal, and with the ever-broadening need for specific driver support, we cannot support consumer WLAN adapters as part of an ASG software installation. The maintenance and compatibility efforts are massive, and we have no long term plans to implement this support again. We’ll decline it as such.
I have found one thread where the discussion was more about the central management of access points than of providing true WiFi capabilities. In the link you rpvided I read that the reason for declining was that Astaro can't support consumer WiFi adapters. Which sounds strange, considering that they can support consumer UMTS devices as a hidden feature in 8.100.
Another argument was that the same can be done with an Astaro Access Point. Well, this is not true, as not every situation has either the budget or the space/provisions for an additional access point. Additionally, pure WiFi AP's have died out almost entirely in the SoHo market (what's left consists mostly of old models or cheap noname devices, leaving customers at risk because security holes are not fixed) as this functionality is provided in brandband routers today. The majority of WiFi Access Points on the market today are expensive enterprise-class APs which bluntly are overkill in a SoHo environment.
WiFi AP functionality is definitely a sought-after in a modern network security device, especially in the SoHo market. Not giving ASG the WiFi AP functionality back that was there but was removed in v6 rules out using ASG for many use-cases even outside the consumer/home user space.
No-one wants Astaro to support every new WiFi device for ASG, but there are a few chipset families (like the Ralink chipsets, or the VIA 6656 series) which are in broad use in many devices and this for years now, and are very well supported in Linux. Even if Astaro would only support those two chipset families users could still choose from hundreds of different USB devices on the market.
Markus Trenkle commented
This was already suggested at least two times but has been declined unfortunately.
I tried two different WIFI cards and they are not recognized. I would like a broader compatibility. Also, there is not reference to see the supported network cards.
I think wlan Astaro-accesspoint is doing what you want. With no need of extra Hardware drivers.
Markus Trenkle commented
I already made this suggestion before, but it was somewhat misunderstood since the Astaro Access Points are not a solution for that.