First... welcome to the server
Second... Gear wont be a problem. Whether low or high level, as others have said, the bazaar has a lot of gear within it, a lot of which you can get relatively cheap. Periodically, look out for Copperstore. As his name implies, he sells everything for 1c, regardless of how good the item is. It's all donations from players to help others gear up.
Or if you happen to be on at the right time, many players just hand stuff out when they don't need an item. The community in general is very good about this.
As I can tell from personal experience, people are more than willing to help out others when in need.
Third... Boxing is fun, but playing with others is more fun. You can do either or. I try to make a regular group first and then box if no1 is available. Either way, you're not stuck having to wait for others to come online when you want to play. Plus it enables you to try out new zones that you might have otherwise skipped.