Wireless solutions for primary schools?
I'm looking for info on reliable wireless networking for primary schools. Currently I have a couple of schools who are desperately seeking a wireless solution, I have asked a few companies for bids on installations which will offer coverage across the whole building with the capacity to give connection to a trolley of about 20 - 25 laptops when a class is using them, which could be in any area of the school.
The quotes I've received are very expensive and are mainly managed solutions with expensive switches and a p's which would give access to many more users simultaneously that I really need (some of them would offer something like the 20-25 laptops but in each and every room simultaneoulsy, way overkill for my schools).
I was particularly interested in SimpleSi 's post in this thread (near the bottom):
I have pm'ed SimpleSi but have not received a reply. I wanted to ask how he is getting on with them and if he is still finding that setup reliable.
Does anyone else have experiencing with these way more simple (and cheaper) un-managed systems? Aside from configuring the AP's on 1, 6, and 11, with the same SSID, how else would you configure these in a similar setup? What would a good practise be for configuring the clients for a reliable connection?
If anyone thinks that this sort of solutions is not the answer please let me know what you think are good alternatives, as always, cheap is good. However there is a reasonable budget available for wireless networking, I just think these massive managed solutions seem overkill in primary schools (and possible headache for admin in future).
Current quote for Aerohive
I have a current quote for 15k for 30 APs(120s) and if you wait a couple of weeks I can tell you how it works out!