How to set up a basic wifi network.
Posted on 2005-04-27
I needed some help regarding wireless implementation at a small site. I am doing some voluntary work for the library of my town. They have run out of network jacks and have to deploy new computers. I suggested wireless to them and they want me to do it fro them. Here is what they have:
T1-------Cisco 1600 Router-------3Com Hubs (2 at each floor)----------Desktop Computers
I need help in putting in an Access Point into this network and buying external Wifi cards for the new computer. Can you recommend some cheap brands and where to throw in the Access Points? They have 3 floors and I think we need 3 AP’s. Can I just take 3 cables out of the hub at each floor and plug into each AP? Is that it or do I need to do more? I don’t want to buy something unless I am sure, hence the email. Do the AP’s need to talk to each other? Anything else I should worry about?
Does anything change if going forward they replace hubs with switches?? Also, I need the max possible speed and range in the wifi that I need help with. Each floor is 100 feet long and 60 feet wide with lots of rooms.