The big boss has decided that we need to do something amazing and he wants to go to a reliable wireless solution. We do have some basic wireless access but it struggles with more than two or three machines logging on at once.
He is looking for a solution that will enable a whole class of 35 students to log on at the same time with ease.
So, what I am after is some companies/systems down here on the South Coast who can come and tell us all about it and recommend something.
I have a local MERU accredited partner but I need more for comparison purposes
Another vote for Ruckus here
I've found the netgear managed kit to be quite reliable, and very good value. Not the simplest setup ever but isn't too complicated. Where abouts down south are you?
Howver I don't rate Netgear stuff to high.
Had three netgear switches fail in the last few years.
Meru stuff we have seems good and you can pack the APs in close without worrying about channel overlap - which is very handy - especially if you have any wireless interferance (which we get).
As far as 35 students at the same time.... You might want to also check the wireless cards in the laptops are good enough to support handy things like packet fragmenting etc... some Intel ones are a bit limited even if you have brilliant WAP infrastructure.
Consider using a and g points too - a is quite nice but you'll need more APs - range is limited.
Last edited by diggory; 3rd April 2009 at 01:56 PM.
+1 for Ruckus
& Net-Ctrl (sponsor on here)
Does anyone know of a Ruckus supplier down here in the wilds of Dorset (or near enough to want to visit)?
Can't compare to Ruckus as never had the chance to play but there does seem to be a lot of happy customers..
Apple Airport Extreme 4TW
Net-Ctrl will travel for your wireless needs and the Ruckus stuff is good.
The Netgear kit is not scaleable to a large site. You will only get 32 APs on the solution (16 with fail over of the controller).
I use BlueSocket which is excellent but would swap it for Ruckus tomorrow if Mark at Net-Ctrl offered to do it for free
I looked at HP, Dlink & Trapeeze & Aruba before deciding on going for Aruba here, we have found this to be very good & once set up I have had no issues with it see below for some of the features it was installed by a company called Burconix & the information below is from their site.I have found this to be a very reliable & high performing system & it covers our whole sixth form block(12 classrooms,Conference Room & Lecture Theatre) with 4 access points upto 20 laptops at a time with no issues.We are looking at expanding this into the main school over the summer which can be done easily by adding extra Access points.
With advances in technology and centrally managed wireless networks where each access point is aware of neighbouring access points, these issues are now resolved and schools can deploy secure, fast and reliable wireless which runs itself with little or no input from the Network Manager.
This enterprise solution is highly versatile, and can be designed to your deployment requirements. To give you an idea, here are just some of the features you could expect:
- Broadcast multiple SSID's/Wireless networks from a single antenna, allowing you to create multiple networks for guest, multiple managed, and/or voice networks.
- Provide a single point of configuration, configure a set of policies for your establishment, or buildings/departments and push the configuration to all of your access points on the network in one go.
- Broadcast a guest network that securely allows visitors to gain access to just the resources you define via the built in firewall, such as an internal intranet or guest internet access.
- Configure your guest network so that when users associate, they will be required to logon using a web based portal. Users can be forced to first authenticate against your existing active directory and/or an internal guest database when they first try to access the internet.
- Setup guest manager accounts, so that receptionists/librarians can create temporary guest accounts with expiry times for visitors requiring temporary internet access.
- Distribute your managed wireless setting via group policy, so when you image a station it will automatically pull down the wireless configuration.
- Assign users to a specific firewall policies/VLANs or cabled ports based on the credential used to authenticate (or by group membership of that user integrated with existing Active Directory).
- Dynamically load balance your clients on the network with adaptive environment support. So that in the event of an access point going offline, or high load in one area, other nearby points will increase antenna strength to compensate.
- Centrally controlled automated channel adjustment to best cover areas defined.
- Real time monitoring, see which devices are connected to your network, and their physical location by triangulating their position from 3 antennas, or using the SNR values.
- Real time detection of interfering devices and live coverage maps, showing coverage and signal strength across the whole school from a single interface.
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