billaustinthey call me Mr. BillPremium,MVM
North Las Vegas, NV
reply to mcbaerentzen
Re: Wireless Access Point Recommendation
said by mcbaerentzen:There seems to be a bit of confusion. N is not a frequency band, it is a communications standard. 802.11a is the legacy standard for the 5ghz band, and 802.11b/g are the legacy standards for the 2.4ghz band. The 802.11n standard is for both the 2.4ghz and 5ghz bands. 802.11a and 802.11g are more than adequate for devices that just need internet access.
1. The budget has not even been discussed yet, as of now it's free ball. But I think we are leaning towards it not being horrible if it's over standards, seeing as we would probably pay more, to be sure that it delivers.
2. With the HP solution we had 5 APs, but seeing as this solution didn't work for us, we now utilize 3 Apple AirPorts.
3. Well, theres the APs that's 3. Then around 45 employees, where at least 40 is not wired and uses wireless. Then of course there's an unknown number of devices, such as smart phones, tablets etc.
4. We have around 1100m2 to 1500m2 of space.
5. Yes, we do really need the N support, seeing as G does not meet the standard, as wireless is the primary entry-point for most devices on the network. We would like to have APs with at least 2 radios, in order to seperate the N band from the legacy bands (a, b and g).
Wow, I've now researched a lot on the Ruckus APs, and I've gotta say that I'm warming up to them. Their BeamFlex technology is like nothing I've ever read about before, and it looks quite legit. I would love to see them perform in real-life
I would recommend an inventory of ALL the wireless devices used in the facility, what frequency bands they support, and their primary use. Any device performing a lot of file transfers should be put on a wired connection. Any device that always stays in the same location, if possible, should be put on a wired connection.
I would also recommend an evaluation of your network infrastructure. It is pointless to setup a wireless N network with 150mb or 300mb connection speeds if your back-end transport is only a 100mb network connection.
If you have 40+ active wireless devices, I would recommend a wireless network that utilizes a controller and at least six access points. Even though each access point can support multiple simultaneous clients, each radio can only service one client at a time. Any device doing file transfers will monopolize the radio and slow down network access for everyone else.