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Wireless Networks Thread, Adding an AP to a single classroom CAT5 port in Technical; Originally Posted by Michael I agree with mac_shinobi, it could either be a diagnostic port or the other ports will ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I agree with mac_shinobi, it could either be a diagnostic port or the other ports will most probably be disabled in AP mode.

    It certainly isn't the norm to daisy chain APs and even if it were possible, I wouldn't recommend it. APs should have dedicated links back to a switch, not shared bandwidth.

    only other thing i can think of is that its an aggregate port ie connecting the AP to two ports on a switch so if one port falls over it is still connected to another port ( although not sure if that would cause a broadcast storm or will it be treated as 2 seperate connections )

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    You forgot option D: fit a wireless card in the workstation.

    I've used quite a few splitters in the past. They have all worked well and do give 100 meg all the time. I prefer them to little switches that people play with and unplug the power, create loops etc. With a splitter you still get the end device plugged into a decent switch with all the management benefits that brings, vlans, spanning tree, monitoring etc. Depending on your switch gear of cause.

    Having said all that, we've spent a lot of our time pulling cables to get rid of all our little switches and splitters and ensuring gigantic to every desktop and AP. So option A please!

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    Gigantic what to every desktop? Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Gigantic what to every desktop? Lol

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    Damn auto correct keyboard!

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    Can both of these ethernet ports be used though or is one for diagnostics of said AP ?
    Well - one is marked POE and "i think" iIve used them both in some cases but I'd better check! - I always wondered why the classroom teacher is always complaining about her internet speed

    As I said, all my previous APs have been buffalos with a 4 port switch so I've always though that was the norm - I though ruckus were just being cheap!
    t certainly isn't the norm to daisy chain APs
    I don't daisy chain them - I insert them between the existing class smartboard connected PC and the single CAT5 outlet to give wireless coverage in a class.

    So option A please!
    Its a primary! - I still haven't got wired connections in all my classes in some schools! So one/class is luxury! And until I got these otherwise lovely Unifi - it wasn't an issue

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    DB says Ruckus ports are not a switch - best be going around checking my ruckus school tomorrow!

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    It just occurred to me, how about installing another nic in the pc and using it as a bridge?

    or even installing a wireless network card and using the cat5 for the AP
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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    It just occurred to me, how about installing another nic in the pc and using it as a bridge?

    or even installing a wireless network card and using the cat5 for the AP
    Option D As per IrritableTech suggested ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Option D As per IrritableTech suggested ???
    oh yeah. didn't read that.

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    oh yeah. didn't read that.
    I missed it as well !

    I like the idea as it saves on need for mains extension block as well

    Unluckily, the school had previously bought Viglen all in one jobby's as teh classroom PC where there isn't enough space to add in any more cards so it would have to be external USB dongle

    And I do like the main PC to be wired if possible.

    But worth adding into the mix

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    I missed it as well !

    I like the idea as it saves on need for mains extension block as well

    Unluckily, the school had previously bought Viglen all in one jobby's as teh classroom PC where there isn't enough space to add in any more cards so it would have to be external USB dongle

    And I do like the main PC to be wired if possible.

    But worth adding into the mix

    Si
    I would just run another ethernet run ( 2 ethernet ports in said room ) otherwise you just know you will constantly get calls that the wireless on the desktop does not work as it will keep dropping out or being very slow or something as those usb dongles are a pita

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