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    High density wireless

    We are looking at rolling out a wireless network to cover our entire site of about 2000 users. The problem that we have is how to support the very high density of users that we are looking at using a 2.4Ghz (ie g) based network, given the number of over lapping APs is restricted to 3. I belive that a solution is possiable using 802.11a technology and I have seen some references to solutions using ap controllers. However I am interested to hear from anyone using a controler based system about how well things work with a large number (150-200 or more) users in a small area.

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    Re: High density wireless

    At that density, for the reasons you cited you should definately be looking at 802.1a 5GHz. You should read up on Becta's technical specifications for instititional infrastructure - it states that wireless should only be used to 'support' the wired infrastructure. Not replace it. This is going to be an extremely expensive exersise. laptops/handhelds for all kids is it?. good luck.

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    Re: High density wireless

    The Solwise website has some good technical information on all wireless aspects. And I agree with CyberNerd, 11a is loads better than 11b/g.

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    Re: High density wireless

    Thinking aloud, would 802.11s wireless mesh networks, as in OLPC solve this?
    Surely these are designed to be used in close proximity and the cost is low
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olpc

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    Re: High density wireless

    I use a BlueSocket solution which works great. The APs are 802.11a/b/g and I believe they also do a version that is 802.11a/b/g/n now!

    If you want to have a chat about the BlueSocket gear, you are welcome to contact me... I love talking about my fancy equipment Manchester isn't too far away either if you want to visit.

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    Re: High density wireless

    Try contacting a company such as React Technologies and ask for their advice. We had a site survey done by them and they were very quick and efficient.

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    Re: High density wireless

    My own managed wireless solution is going to go live within the next couple of weeks. I have a 3com 802.11a solution, because we plan on having areas of high density usage. all in all i have an AP in every class room (57 all together). As well as some dual radio APs (a and g).

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    Re: High density wireless

    I think if i can remember correctly you need to be carefull of how many AP you have in range of each other. If you have to many it can cause problems.

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    I agree with you. I would have a site survey done.

    I got my hands on a scaled map of the school and using a compass i worked out the best area to place my AP. simple but works.

    Ric

    whats this BlueSocket stuff you speak of?

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    Re: High density wireless

    marco: care to divulge somee more details of your management solution?

    Ben

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    Re: High density wireless

    @bishopsgarthstockton: BlueSocket specialise in wireless infrastructure solutions... they are arguably the best and most secure in the business and are used by many many universites. Check out http://bluesocket.com/ for more information. The bundles are particularly good value - I purchased mine from Oliis Solutions (speak to Bobby).

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