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wireless networking for 50-100 desktop machines

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I've been reading on wireless networking for desktop computers and I'm in between. Has anyone have any experience setting up a wireless network for 50-100 desktop computers and what are the questions that I need to ask to setup properly?
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The first question is why would you want to?  WiFi was designed for point-of-sale cash registers, not really for computers.  Wired networks tend to perform much better.
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Yes, and this is why i suggest to take a controller based solution. With a controller based solution you can eliminate many of the main Wifi Problems like, Channel overlaps, to many user on a single AP, Interference and QOS problems.

You should also invest in Dual Radio APs, so newer devices can use the 5GHz Band. This give you more Bandwidth for the devices who only support 2.4GHz. By planing a WIFI network for that amount of users, the Applications the users work are important too. If they use only Filesharing services and Word / Excel Office applications, QOS and bandwidth is not that critical. But when they use VoIP, Videophone or streaming services, bandwidth and an infrastructure who can handle QOS is really important.

The beginning question was "what are the questions that I need to ask to setup properly?"

- how big is the location? how many floors? how many walls and what kind of material are they?
- How many Neighborhood Wifis are viewable and on what Channels?
- Is it necessary to have all Computers, also tower workstation on Wifi?
- Is it necessary to have mobile phones and tablets on the Wifi to?
- Are VoIP / Wifi phones used by the staff?
- How Many Users are on one AP?
- Support the client machines dual radio?
- Controller or single APs?
- Are Guest Access and Multi SSID needed?
- And many more

If you are unsure, how to plan a Network like that, speak to a specialist who plan, install and maintain your Wifi Network for you. OK, this will cost some extra money, but you will get a working and well dimensioned solution for you.
iconnectu:  Just curious .. how does a controller avoid channel overlaps and that sort of thing?  Must be a pretty darned smart controller!
Yes, this technology is called Adaptive Radio Management.
Infos: http://www.arubanetworks.com/technology/adaptive-radio-management/