Networking a shared office space with multiple tenants
Posted on 2013-01-13
A client is opening up a budget shared office space with 15 rooms to let in an old industrial building.
A full height patch cabinet was left by previous tenant, running 4*RJ45 to all rooms.
Fiber internet has been ordered.
Initially the client asked me to configure a couple of consumer Wireless APs that he had lying around, for wireless-only internet for tenants. Wired connectivity, isolation and security be damned.
I've convinced him that setting up at least wireless VLANs for each tenant is appropriate.
I've spent 4-5 hours looking for a wireless units that can run:
- in autonomous mode (does not need managed hardware, due to budget)
- dual band 801.11n
- 12-16 VLANs
Any recommendations on setup/hardware/shops?
My business grade wireless device experience has been HP ProCurve series that had to be rebooted once a day and sucked life straight from my veins. Returned to the workhorse of wireless devices - WRT54GL w. DD-WRT - and saved the day. Unfortunately they won't cut it for this setup