Does this wireless router work for 75 users?

I have a client with a small auditorium and they give educational seminars occasionally.  These seminars sometimes involve approx. 75 users with tablets and laptops accessing web sites for training.  A typical scenario would be all 75 (usually less) being asked to go to a particular site/page on their web site at the same time. Other than that, the Internet requirements would be fairly normal for business:, medium amount of page access but not much streaming.

They are currently using a NetGear RangeMax WNDR3700 gigabit router into a 40mbps cable Internet connection.  Cabling from the router to the cable modem is CAT6.

Any idea if this router is capable of this throughput scenario?

Thanks.
Dave
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Craig BeckCommented:
The problem here is that the router is really aimed at the home market where no more than say 10 people/devices would ever use it simultaneously via wire and wireless combined.

I wouldn't dream of connecting 75 users to the same wireless access point or router at the same time.  You'd want at least 3 wireless access points (preferably simultaneous dual-band) cabled back to the router for this.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks.  There is a second unused NetGear router there, same model.  Does it help the situation to install it next to the other NetGear, different SSID, just as an access point (DHCP off) with one of its lan ports plugged into a lan port of the main NetGear?
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Craig BeckCommented:
That's what I'd do.  Change the wireless channel to something at the other end of the list too.
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
In a seminar situation, would it be recommended for the instructor to tell half the group to connect to SSID#1 and the other half to SSID#2, or (since the router and access point would be physically side by side) is it better for the *same* SSID to be used on both Wireless router/AP's, and then let the clients connect however they will?
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Craig BeckCommented:
If you use the same SSID it's possible that more people will connect to one AP than the other.  If you use different SSIDs you can tell half to use one and half to use the other.

I'd put a piece of paper with the SSID/authentication details on each chair (assuming they're seated).
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DaveWWWAuthor Commented:
Thanks. Until we acquire a professional grade router, that's what we'll do.
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