"Large" wireless install pilot. Things to worry about ..?
I am in the position now of recommending both hardware and solution design for my school (wirless) and i was wondering if i can get some help from the crowd that has and have running wireless solutions.
In this pilot i have conjured i have recommended two differing (in price mainly) systems and depending on how much money there is to play with will decided where we go .. so:
solution 1 - 1 x 3com wx2200 wireless controller and 10 x 2750 MAP (approx 11K AUS)
solution 2 - 1 x netGear wireless controller (only one they sell) and 10 x WAGL102 (approx 5K AUS)
Now, as far as the networking is concerned im pretty confident with it. I will simply incorporate the entire WLAN as an purple interface of our backend firewall, allowing access to only the things we give external access to anyway (WebMail, https file access etc)
As far as the wireless solutions are concerned neither cater for the magic .n which is arriving any ..day .. month .. year now i guess. Is it wise to provision a solution whilst ignoring the impending N? Ofcourse id love to incorporate all solutions with N capabilties but price goes astronomical very quickly with the 3com MAPs going from approx $400 to $1300 each.
Before you ask "well what are your requirements" they are fairly simple, allowing non-school owned laptops access to our external services and our internet service (personal staff laptops/guest access).
Please feel free to comment on this idea in anyway you wish, pro 3com anti 3com, ideas on the impending .n, issues with bringing in personal laptops etc.
And before Geoff suggests it ....
yes i will be planning to implement packetfence here! (I just cant the @#$$%^ VM image to run!!! The disks where made with a vmware versio with more then your version. ideas Geoff?)
Thanks alot in advance to everyone. I do have techincal questions with the AP channels and such but ill ask them soon as i dont want to drown you with questions.