Adding wireless capability to wired building (802.11g)
Posted on 2006-07-21
I've looked at some other posts about extending wireless capabilities, but none really seem to address my question of adding it.
Our office actually occupies three separate sections (two cinder-block fire walls that extend to roof) of a strip mall complex, and uses approximately 30 thousand square feet (or more). The T1 line is on one of the end sections. There are lots of offices (i.e., stud walls) to hamper the wireless connection, and all lighting is flourescent (which, I'm assuming, may also interefere with wireless). The sections are connected to the T1 either by multiple LAN connections off a bridge (in the case of the middle section), or in the case of the section most distant from the T1, triple transceiver optic cable.
There are plenty of wired locations throughout all sections of the office.
What would be the best solution to enable secure (WPA, minimum) wireless networking so that a given computer, if enabled, could access the wireless network throughout the entire office? Other articles about extending wireless networks refer to high gain antennas and WAP's, but most don't assume wired jacks throughout the location they want extend the wireless network to.
I'm not sure, however, if multiple wireless routers can be used / configured on these wired ports (to allow a single machine to access the wireless network anywhere) and configured so that they don't conflict. Ideally, the wireless access points would be hidden above the hung ceiling, which in some cases, are 14 feet high. Any help?
P.S. - $$$ is not much of an issue (need to keep the solution less than $5,000, though).