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Re: wifi for 600, alex

  • From: Todd Vierling
  • Date: Fri Feb 16 13:13:52 2007
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On 2/15/07, Pickett, McLean (OCTO) <[email protected]> wrote:
Works well if everyone has 802.11a/g card. That's been my biggest concern
with deploying 802.11a recently.

-----Original Message-----
The oft-overlooked 802.11a is great for this purpose when there isn't
enough wiring infrastructure to drop a RJ45 in all the necessary
conference rooms.

I was mainly referring to the conference infra network, used for presentations and such. Rather than a scattered AP layout, a semi-point-to-point system targeted only to the critical resources works well with 11a. If you keep attendees tethered to 2.4GHz, you probably only need to alternate between at most two 5.xGHz channels to cover the necessary endpoints, and can locate the APs in a less dense pattern.

As for whether presenters have 11a cards, there's the alternate
possibility of running another 11a AP in AP-client mode (inside the
conference hall) in a wired-to-wireless-to-wired sort of setup.  This
could also work for a terminal room setup.

Of course, a lot of the convenience of frequency segregation will go
out the window in a few years when the final 11n document exists, as
it now looks like 11n will be earmarked for use in all three bands
(2.4GHz and both 5GHz ranges).

I'll just hope that my residential neighbors stay out of my 5GHz space
a little while longer.  8-)

-- Todd Vierling <[email protected]> <[email protected]> <[email protected]>