WiFi recommendations for school campus.
I am going to be wiring up a small campus (4 classroom trailers
.... about 1/2 acre in area) for WiFi. Figure on 30 users MAX. 10
Any recommendations on what 802.x routers I should buy? Will I
need repeaters? Should I just have 2-3 routers at different ends of the
- On 6/1/03 2:42 PM, William Volk at bvolk@... wrote:
> All,I'm partial to Apple's Airport. Here's why:
> I am going to be wiring up a small campus (4 classroom trailers
> .... about 1/2 acre in area) for WiFi. Figure on 30 users MAX. 10
> Any recommendations on what 802.x routers I should buy? Will I
> need repeaters? Should I just have 2-3 routers at different ends of the
1. Ease of use when setting up networks. You can have as many as as you want
going and they're easy to set up. With the new ones (AirPort Extreme), they
don't need to be connected physically (w/ CAT5) to act as repeaters. The
setup software is very easy to use and you can administer all of them from
one app from any computer on the network.
2. Looks. Seriously. By necessity, these usually are out in the open and I'd
rather have a "flying saucer" on a shelf next to a window than a box that
3. Support. Apple's support has gotten much better in the past few years.
I've never had a problem with my AirPort Base Station but my iBook has been
back a few times. Every time a box was overnighted, prepaid to go back
overnight, fixed the next day, and overnighted again. Total time the iBook
was out was three days tops. Unless it was over a weekend.
The downsides are that you must have a Mac to administer them. They're also
a bit more expensive.
Hope this helps.