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Organized WiFi Deployemnt and Management

Posted on 2011-03-04
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Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have been tasked to come up with a solution for an Executive Suite. They have about 100 users in 2 different buildings. Buildings are connected with Cat6. They would like to have one fiber internet connection and share it out to the 2 buildings. They want to do this with a mixture of WiFi and direct connections. Each connection needs to be private of each other. Each connection needs to be managed for bandwidth (need to make sure no one person is hogging up all the bandwidth) I estimate 90% will be Wifi and 10% will be hard wired.

I need reliablitiy and something robust enough to maintain and support the number of listed users. The current guy is using Linksys home wireless routers and it is a mess.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to move forward with this?
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Craig Beck earned 2000 total points
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I used to manage this kind of service for a large centre in the UK.  Direct connections were handled using a DSLAM and ADSL/SDSL routers.  You could configure the DSLAM to enable say 2Mbps per port, cable it to each customer and stick a router on the end of it.  That gives the user a 2Mbps connection on their own network which is completely invisible to other users.  The DSLAM I used was ZyXEL IES-1000M Chassis with a ZyXEL SAM1008 SDSL 8 Port Module for IES-1000 card.  This would allow a 100Mbps internet connection to be shared between 8 SDSL connections.  Add another SAM1008 card and its got 16 available ports.  Its easily configurable, and once you've set it up it never needs touching.

For the wireless you may need something a bit more expensive than Linksys routers.  When the centre I managed wanted to introduce wireless we completely changed our approach.  It was a lot harder to limit the bandwidth for the wireless clients without spending thousands on the infrastructure, so we installed a hotspot solution and routed both wired and wireless clients through it.  The DSLAM was no longer needed as we could simply cable clients directly to a switch to enable up to 100Mbps services.  We had to change the routers that the clients used though.

The hotspot solution was called FirstSpot.

This installs on a Windows server and acts as a router.  All clients need an account to use the internet service but you can create bypass rules, quotas, adverts and many more features.  This solution lets your customers pay for the service using a credit card if you want to allow people to pay-and-go.

I currently use this solution to manage a WiFi hotspot in North Wales which has several hundred regular users in areas where broadband isn't that great.

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