Suggestions for enterprise class Wifi Router to serve a large room
Posted on 2011-04-25
Im not 100% up to speed on the current offerings of enterprise wifi access points so hoping someone on here can give an opinion on a model of AP that would be well suited to the below situation:
I have been given the task of setting up data for a large one day media event. The data is to serve a number of TV crews and the press pool. I am still trying to establish from the organizers what size of pipe is going to be sufficient but it will be somewhere between a 100Mbit down 10Mbit up to a full duplex 1Gbit fiber line.
For a router I was planning on using a dual Opteron machine and smoothwall, and ill pickup some fancy managed switches for the hardlines. However the press pool has requested wifi and I am expecting to server something on the order of 50+ wireless devices.
The whole event is being conducted in a single VERY large room with a VERY high ceiling so I was hoping a singular access point device could get the job done, but im not too sure what the best model would be for such a task.
I have a bit of a budget, but the most important thing is the solution must be rock solid; if things were to go down it is quite possible the sky would indeed fall. (IE I may order 2x of everything and have a 2nd, network hooked up but un powered (just in case.)
I will NOT be running a radius server, so standalone wpa2 AES PSK was my original plan. Preferring a device that will serve N as well as b/g. I would prefer a solution that has only a single piece of hardware mounted in the ceiling, however if this is not possible so be it.
Any and all suggestions and comments are GREATLY appreciated...