Wifi in public areas
Posted on 2007-11-15
I have a client for who I support their three networks consisting of about 140 PCs and 8 servers. (Yes, I kknow one of the forums this is on is an Apple one - we'll come to that shortly).
They're a family run company and the family own a 70 room house in Suffolk which have been converted into 20 apartments in one wing, 4 offices in another and the main house. It is regularly used for weddings, conferences and special events and they have asked me a couple of times to set it up for wifi. I've held off from agreeing as I have only worked on small wifi installations in the past.
I would not be working alone, they have a small IT department of four and with any major installations I project manage it. In other words, if anything goes wrong, blame Mike.
I would get a local company to put in network points and Cat6 cabling. But some of the public rooms are huge. Not airport lounge huge, but you would certainly be able to fit my house and my neighbours house into them.
So I was wondering what places like coffee shops and pubs use for wifi and what sort of price is the equipment? Do they just scatter Access Points/repeaters all over?
Anyway, I put this on Apple as well as others, because Eoin O'Sullivan provided such great help with a MacBook wifi related question, and I did try and sneak this question past him, but got caught out.
Thanks for any ideas.