Fairly large event WiFi setup

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by BigMike82, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. BigMike82

    BigMike82 Guest

    Hey guys,

    My facility will be hosting a conference with about 300 people, and
    we're expecting about 300 people to show up. We're estimating 250-300
    concurrent connections. From an RF standpoint, it's easy coverage.
    We have a large amphitheater-style hall with an outdoor patio, so
    coverage is easy.

    It's the sheer amount of connections I'm worried about. We're
    planning on deploying 12 Cisco 1132AGs. We'll have a 10 Megabit
    connection available, which, unfortunately, is a lot slower than I
    like. That's something I'm working on with the guys upstairs. A few
    of the APs need to cover the outside, where we'll be using Powerline
    Ethernet to hook them into our network.

    Are a dozen APs enough for this? Should we get more? Less?

    Any other thoughts or advice is much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    - Mike
     
    BigMike82, Feb 11, 2008
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  2. BigMike82

    John Navas Guest

    I don't think the number of access point is unreasonable. What I'd
    worry about is physically placing them so clients get spread more or
    less evenly. If you try to make it one big wireless network, my
    experience is that too many participants will get connected to too few
    access points. You might want to have two or even four wireless
    networks, and allocate participants evenly between networks. I also
    suggest using WPA Enterprise to secure all connections from each other,
    and to keep the outside out.
     
    John Navas, Feb 11, 2008
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  3. BigMike82

    BigMike82 Guest

    "I'd worry about is physically placing them so clients get spread more
    or
    less evenly."
    You're right. The way we'll situation the APs should take care of
    most things like that. We'll have good coverage, and the APs will be
    spaced out very nicely. That, and even if I've got 50 users on one
    AP, they will still be more limited by the bandwidth, than by the
    number of clients on that AP.

    "I also suggest using WPA Enterprise to secure all connections from
    each other,
    and to keep the outside out."
    Ordinarily I'd agree. However, this is a one time event where we'll
    have 300 people in one area, and so we'll keep it open. Our wireless
    network is segmented away from our main network, so we're not worried
    about unauthorized users at the moment.
     
    BigMike82, Feb 14, 2008
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  4. BigMike82

    John Navas Guest

    That still leaves the issue of any user being able to sniff all traffic
    to/from all users. Suggest you at least advise all participants to use
    VPN.
     
    John Navas, Feb 14, 2008
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