+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 2 of 2
Wireless Networks Thread, 802.11a WAP connections. in Technical; ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Thank Post
    Thanked 30 Times in 27 Posts
    Rep Power

    802.11a WAP connections.

    What is a realistic number of laptops to connect to an 802.11a wireless access point?

    Each class has a POE D-Link DWA-3500 AP on spaced out g channels. These were put in to sort out the connection problems the school had with the trolley of fifteen laptops which has since worked well.

    Now without consulting me they have gone out and bought 30 new laptops and sapped the entire budget. The laptop wireless cards are a, b and g. I seem to remember reading that 802.11a would support many more connected clients but canít find anything now to confirm that. I donít think they are going to get more than 15 connected and a managed system is now out of the question.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Thank Post
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Rep Power
    802.11a works in the same way as 802.11g which using a OFDM algorithm. and therefore .11a does really support more devices.

    However 802.11a uses the 5Ghz band, which is alot less congested than 2.4 Ghz 802.11bg as the 2.4Ghz spectrum is used by cordless phones alarm systems, wireless cameras etc. Therefore 802.11a can work more efficently.

    However if you have dual band APs and clients you can load balance a classroom full of kids between the two radio.


  3. Thanks to krishanm from:

    mrwobbly (10th June 2010)

+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. WAP recommendations
    By dgsmith in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 26th June 2009, 10:00 AM
  2. Netbooks with dual-band wifi (802.11a/b/g/n)?
    By SteveMC in forum Netbooks, PDA and Phones
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 8th June 2009, 07:37 PM
  3. 802.11a channels
    By Ric_ in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 16th May 2007, 09:32 AM
  4. Proxim Tsunami MP.11a
    By webman in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 22nd September 2006, 12:10 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts