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I am in the process of analyzing the needs of a church that wants to wireless throughout the facility.  It has been built in different stages over many years.  I have a Road Runner business class that comes into the middle of the facility so that is good.  Many of the hallways have closed in ceilings and some have drop ceilings.  I need recommendations on what would be the best way get wireless access points throughout the facility.  I have determined that approx. 10 of them would cover the facility pretty well.   If I can't run cables through the ceiling are there other options that would get the wireless to the remote ends.  How far can the POE cat5 cable be run and still work also?
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PoE is the same as normal network wiring: 100 meters (~328 feet), assuming proper installation and termination.  You can run cable on the surface if you're not worried about vandalism.

Keep it looking nice with some plastic surface-mounted conduit  in white or off-white, or paint it to match.  It snaps together and has sticky tape already attached, or the larger stuff you run a drywall screw through it every so often to hold it up.  You can also get metal conduit that's a bit more durable, but it's more costly.

For an extremely long run (without fiber as an option), you can run a link to a nearby room or closet with electricity.  Install a small gigabit switch, then link again to the WAP.  The WAP would then have to be plugged into a power source.  Or, consider using a PoE injector or a small PoE switch to power more than one WAP in that area.
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