Wireless coverage in a 30,000 ft^2 manufacturing facility
Posted on 2006-06-14
I am trying to come up with the best way get complete wireless coverage inside our facility. Our current setup is as follows:
DSL>Router/Firewall>Server>Switch>Users & WAP>***Magic***<WAP<Switch<Users.
Basically it started as a standard wired ethernet network in the office. Then we had a need to network in some users and machines on the shop floor. Instead of dropping CAT5 everywhere we could, I set up two Linksys WAP54Gs as a wireless bridge. That has been working fine for a while. Now we have the need to add a few laptops into the mix, 2 of the 3 will need to roam the building but still connect to the network. What is the best way to acheive this and still keep the functionality of what is now the wireless bridge? I have tried setting it up so I have one WAP as an "AP" and the other as an "AP Client" and then enabled the wireless cards in the laptops but the coverage is spotty at best. I have seen something about WDS but do not know if it applies to my APs. I also want to keep the network as secure as possible.
Thanks for any help,