How would you do... Mass wireless coverage for a conference?
A friend of mine has been asked as part of his job to provide wireless coverage for a conference going on where he works.
They're expecting around 400 guests, who will likely turning up with their own laptops that will need to be on line and they'll all be in the one, fairly large auditorium space.
Given he only has access to between 8 and 12 unmanaged 3Com b/g access points and next to no budget for extra kit, how would you set things up?
The same / different SSIDs for each AP?
Would you force APs to be 'b' or 'g' only?
How would you spread channel usage?
Which way would you point antennas (all the same way / perpendicular to the next-closest AP / randomly all over the place)?
Would you secure the wireless? Would you make assumptions about the level of security supported by guests' laptops (WEP!/WPA/WPA2)?
What other things aught to be considered? (Besides a router/firewall to separate guests from corporate network users, and the internet bandwidth problems you'd end up with on a slow-ish connection!)
Please bear in mind, I'm not involved with this at all. I just heard about what he's been asked to provide and it got me wondering how you'd actually approach the problem!