WiFi Recommendations

I am tasked with upgrading an office/warehouse WiFi.  The office area is approximately 2500 sq. ft on main floor, and 1100 sq ft on 2nd floor.  The remainder of the building consists of 3 warehouse areas: 2 are approx. 2750 sq ft ea, and the 3rd area is approx. 5500 sq ft.  8-10 users in the office and 10-15 users in the warehouse that come and go all day.   Traffic is primarily Port 80/443, email, and smartphones.

Am looking at 6 A/Ps: 3 in the office (2 on 1st floor, 1 on 2nd), and 1 in each of the warehouse areas.  Am considering TP-Link EAP330  to accommodate the client's budget, as well as Aruba IAP-305.  

Does anyone have familiarity with either of these and why you would select one over the other?

Thanks for your input.
Tom SAsked:
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Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
#1 Meraki Mesh with Snort and other security features all enabled. Snort is anti ransomware technology which runs on Cisco OS
#2 Aruba Mesh again any extra modules great
#3 Cheap Cheap option Ubiquiti

I would also ensure your users are authenticating at least two way, one being certificate based in an ideal world.
What is the budget? And are units with continuing expenses allowed? I'd do a wireless survey first. go the Ubiquiti route if the budget is really tight. Otherwise, I'd look in the direction of Xirrus, Meraki, or Ruckus.
David FavorLinux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting SavantCommented:
I'm with masnrock, update your question with project's initial budget + maintenance budget (monthly/yearly/however client specifics this).

Likely you'll have many options, with a known budget.

Also state whether WiFi equipment can be placed on ceiling where repeaters/extenders have unobstructed line of site with each other, of if airspace is blocked, what type of material forms the blocks, like steel shelving, etc... This makes a huge difference.
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Tom SAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your comments.  

Walls in the front office are drywall over metal studs.  There is a cement block wall separating the front office from the warehouse space.  Cement block walls between the 3 warehouse areas, but large openings (10' min W x H ) for access to each.  Floor to ceiling stock shelving on several walls in warehouse area.  All ceilings are accessible for mounting. My client is a GC, so warehouse contents are building materials, fixtures and HVAC equipment for job sites.  Warehouse users are typically superintendents with minimal WiFi requirements.  I've worked with Ubiquity, but find the TP range better, but perhaps personal preference.
Ubiquiti units aren't the best at overcoming interference, I will won't ever deny that (I used to work for an employer who thought they were perfect for everything until I demonstrated a case that they weren't). Ruckus, Meraki, and Xirrus (no particular order) are all far better in this respect. Ruckus and Meraki require support to keep things up to date (I think Meraki requires it just to even work). Xirrus I forget their exact licensing and support model. I can't speak for TP-Link one way or the other. However, regardless, a survey is going to give the best idea of what you're dealing with.
Tom SAuthor Commented:
Regarding the feedback on maintenance budget.....what are people charging for monthly maintenance?  What is included in your service offering in this regard. Also, how much time per month are you actually putting in to such service?  Lastly, has anyone gone the WFaaS route, such as what PowerCloud offers through its CloudCommand service?  

Thanks again.
As far as manufacturers go, it's annual maintenance (which is basically just support). There isn't necessarily a time investment, but the ability to get updates as well insurance in case something breaks (and depending on the maker, to keep the devices working - Ruckus and Meraki I think also had annual licensing costs). Just make sure to specifically get these numbers when working on the pricing. Where you might be lucky with the non-Ubiquiti units is using fewer APs. Never tried TP-Link products from a business standpoint, but I did remember not liking Engenius. Can't speak for WFaaS either.
Tom SAuthor Commented:
So, I have done a survey of the building and proposed 6-7 A/Ps based upon the types of walls and square footage.  I proposed a lower-end price point of approx. $4K for the Ubiquity or TP-Link line and a second price point of around $7K for Aruba IAP-305's . The $4K was even more than they want to spend.  I can't see where I can cut a whole lot from the proposal - shave some $ off the Cat6 drops to the A/Ps (3 runs would be in the warehouse area).   Is this in the ballpark for an installation of this type?
How much is being done by a contractor and how much are you doing? Your question also isn't the easiest to answer because it depends on how the numbers break down. How much cabling needs to get run? What models of hardware are involved? Was anything additonal like a switch required?

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