I am currently installing a wireless network in a school using PoE and dlink access points. These are DWL-2100+ (APs) and DWL-P100 (PoEs). There are around 18 APs at the moment.
The layout is like this...
There are two buildings, East and West.
East is L-Shaped with the longest part having three floors.
West is three floors high for a majority of its coverage.
The problem i am having is with the coverage for these buildngs. East sems to be stable at the moment but i won't hold my breath...West on the other hand is a nightmare.
The APs seem fine but for unknown reasons just fail and cease to respond to anything even the web interface.Its not just the odd one however. There are around 6-7. A Dlink consultant came in to do a site survey and suggested around 11 to cover both buildings and also said that the PoEs would be fine for these APs. There are also no new firmwares for my APs from what i can gather from their website.
At the moment i am running basic WEP (will be upping security once it is up and running properly). All APs are set to same SSID and each floor has usually two to three APs as the corridors are long.
There can be up to around 11 members of Staff using the one AP at any one time maybe more..it depends on who connects to what AP. The channels are all set as far apart as possible to avoid confrontation. I have also tried to pull back the signal broadcast strength as to avoid further interference but they still overlap from floor to floor i.e. according to WZC top floor APs can still be seen.
All i need help on is to figure out why the APs keep failing as this creates large gaps in the wireless network because as i said before the corridors are long.