In the past I've always recommended wired networks. That being said its been a while since I've implemented a "new" network so I'm open to wireless if its just as reliable and fast.
I have an office that will have 4 devices on the network. This room is 22' x 15' with no walls. Its an older building and the layout of the office isn't conducive to wire molding, overhead ceilings etc. without spending a ton of money. All this being said I'd like to implement a wireless network but I want to cut down on bottle necking and other issues that are normally associated with wireless networks. I've listed the important information below. Thanks in advance.
Two PC's. One using Windows XP Pro and one using Windows 8 Pro. One HP 8500 wireless printer and one HP DesignJet 500 24" color plotter.
At some point the PC's will backup their entire drives across the network to a NAS using Acronis. CAD drawings will be sent to the DesignJet. The DesignJet will be connected to the network via USB to Ethernet adapter. Files are shared between the two computers. Some of the files are 100's of megabytes.
The PC's will need WiFi cards preferably internal as I think those are more reliable and would offer more throughput. The router should offer content filtering.
I'll also need a reliable device that will interface the USB/LPT1 connection on the plotter with the network. This device does not have to be wireless as it will sit near the router and be physically connected.
I'm not afraid of using a router with a subscription service that stops viruses, malware and all other sorts of nasty critters at the router. I won't require VPN.