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Manufacturing Wireless Environment

We are looking at putting pc's out on the manufacturing floor that will house information sheets for employees. I'd like to put wireless out there so the workstations could be rolled around as needed.

Any suggestions on caveats or ideas on how to minimize emi in this environment, or recommendations on equipment?  It would be a rather large area, with probably 4 - 6 pc's needed on the floor.
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rindiCommented:
EMI is no problem with wlan, they emit much less than cell phones, for instance. You say it is a large area? This can be a problem, as a wlan has a limited range (line of sight up to about 800m), but in an area which is inside a room, or if it is distributed to different rooms, this drops radically, so you might have to consider seting up repeaters to your access points.

But, as generally as this, we can't really give you more info...
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kellysmith120Author Commented:
Are there any that are specifically set for that type of environment ( lots of steel beams, etc.), or will any type of ap work?  Do some seem to work better where there isn't LOS?

I guess I was thinking about copper and EMI, that helps to know it won't be a problem.
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rindiCommented:
Steel will allways be a problem, if the signal has to pass through it. If it is just beams, and not walls with steel inside, there should be no big problem. As I mentioned these devices work well if they can "see" each other directly. Maybe you can make some kind of "drawing" with the distances and walls, and possibly the locations where you'd likely put the PCs?
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kellysmith120Author Commented:
I can't draw a straight line with a ruler.  The EMI was my main concern, and you've helped with that.

Thanks!
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rindiCommented:
Thanks, too.
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