Wireless Network (outdoors) - Big Investment - Which Company?
Our school is planning to enable the use of PE department laptops out on the field for registration purposes. We may buy some mini PC devices for convenience, but that is an aside. Options for smart phone/PDA devices have been tested and found to be unreliable. Therefore it's extending the wireless networking we are looking at.
We have fair sized grounds, and would be looking to add to our existing 20 or so Cisco access points, with devices that had directional outdoor antenna. Our existing system security is based around only WPA encryption. There is no authentication security. This has been done because of budget constraints. This leaves me a bit uncomfortable, especially if we are now talking about beaming our signals out into the fields!
We are looking for a competent company, with schools experience, to advise up on a) What equipment we need for outdoor coverage, b) Security implications, and c) so supply and fit any agreed solution.
If you have any experience here, please could you advise and also possibly recommend companies. We are in the Watford area.
Edit: even though we are an RM network, I am loathe to ask them, as they always seem to charge huge prices for everything, and are not very 'flexible'.