25 User Wireless Network Advantages / Disadvantages
Posted on 2004-10-01
I'm more or less looking for some good advice here. I want to do this the proper way. I've got a client who has a 25 user network. Their cabling in the walls is old, in some cases full of Cat3 lines and a lot of the drops are connected improperly and such. They also have a switch that does not quite suit their needs. We are trying to figure out weather it would be a good idea to scrap the idea of new cabling and a new switch and go with a wireless solution. Has anyone set up a one building wireless network for 25 users or more within a range of about 300 - 350 ft without losing speed/signal? I want to know if there are any unforseen issues that would make the concept of going wireless not worth the effort.
Also any recommendations for access points with excellent range are welcome.
All the PCs are newer and should not have any compatibility issues with a new wireless PCI card.
I'm looking to end up with:
- Strong signal everywhere in the office
- Good speeds even with 25 users accessing email, documents & images from server constantly.
- Spending a comparable amount to what it would take to re-wire the whole building and buy a new switch (HP ProCurv or something around $1500 or so).
- Everything should be secure, this is for a law firm.
Thanks for your input. Points for whoever can give the most helpful info!