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    Hi folks. We are having an Internet provision crisis. We have two schools a) one with a Xirrus WLAN with fibre optics up to 10 meg for about 70 users (very fast!), and b) a Ruckus WLAN with up to 3 meg with about 200 users (very slow!). A couple of questions if I may....

    1- The company that provided both solutions offered 'wireless controllers' of which i have no experience. How will they improve the existing networks? Is it speed or security?
    2- Will installing web servers be worth it? Will caching content reduce the demand on the ADSL connections?

    What I also want to understand better is how much of a difference it will make if we handle the ADSL connections better....the controllers/load balancing/web servers, etc.

    I have a boss who during the past year didn't want to spend any money on a complete solution, now is blaming the technician (and me) for things going wrong : (

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    1. It helps manage the AP's and makes the APs work better with each other. Someone else on here can explain better.
    2. You dont want a webserver, you will need a proxy server. I web server hosts a website a proxy will do the caching.

    If your bottleneck is the internet connection a managed wireless wont really help.

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    Thanks FN-GM. We have one Ruckus AP that provides wifi for 90% of our users, so perhaps at the moment a controller shouldn't be top of the list. I'll research proxy servers and see what that can do for us.

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    I assume you have considered upgrading the connection?

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    Yep, thats being investigated tomorrow. We were waiting for ages for fibre optics that didn't arrive, hence the ideas about link bonding, balancing, etc. I guess we should spend the money on the source of the problem.

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