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Old 06-24-2010, 12:35 AM
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Default Wireless setup for 4 story apartment building

I want to setup a wireless network for my 4 story apt building to supply internet access to all 50 suites in the building. I wonder if I can do this via one internet account or if I will have to spread it out with multiple accounts and multiple wireless routers. Let me know if you have any solutions or ideas.
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:16 AM
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multiple wireless access point (WAP) for sure as it is too wide area to cover by one WAP

also a wireless access point could cater for just around 20 clients before it get overloaded

depending on distance and obstacles for wireless signal, your set up would likely be at least one WAP on each floor
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:10 PM
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It's hard to know for sure without seeing a floor plan or knowing how many devices you expect on the network.

I'd roughly guess you'll need multiple APs per floor. How many really depends on the floor plan and the number of devices you expect.

Your bandwidth needs will also really depend on the number of devices. Depending on how many devices (people) you expect in a suite, chances are good that even business class DSL/cable may not be enough.

If you'd like – I work for Meraki, which deals with this sort of thing all the time. Shoot me a PM or give us a call: 1-888-490-0918
In the interests of full disclosure: I work for Meraki which does cloud controlled networking.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:44 AM
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To get connectivity in 50 suites you will need multiple access points. Depending on the speed of your Internet connection you could get away with only one. It depends on what your trying to do. Ive worked with hotels before that have gotten away with a broadband connection (cable or DSL). Basic setup would look like this:

Router to terminate internet connections

Firewall can either be on the router or inline stand alone.

Behind that you will need a PoE switch to power the access points.

4 floors... 50 rooms... 12 - 13 rooms per floor... maybe 2-3+ AP's per floor.
Depends on building materials and how far the bleed through goes is into the rooms.

Honestly with a decent broadband connection you should be fine. not all 50 rooms will be using the internet. Not sure where the 20 clients/AP rule came from but I have had much more then that on a commercial grade AP. Just remember your bandwidth is going to be limited most likely at your internet connection.

Send me a PM and we can draw this out. Ive done this before so not a big deal.
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Old 06-30-2010, 07:44 PM
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Default I don't totally agree

If you can put an Access Point outside of the building and shoot the signal towards the building - and if all units have windows facing that AP, then you can use 1 AP. Certainly not all 50 units will be on line at the same time, so 1 unit can handle the traffic. That AP can be wired to the router (if you can bury the ethernet cable) or can be wireless if the router is wireless and the signal can reach the outdoor AP.

If none of this is possible, then the number of AP's depends on the building construction type. Wood floors, walls, etc is certainly much easier than concrete to propagate a signal.

PM me if you want to pick my brain or need more advice.
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