Some friends are purchasing a portable auction system running on a few laptops. This system is being purchased from scratch, so the technology on the laptops and networking hardware is open for debate as well.
Since the system will be portable and each auction location will have different "levels of local WiFi interference", I want a cost-effective wireless system which will "blow a hole in the atmosphere" wherever they will be for each auction. Coverage shouldn't need to be more than 3-4 acres (max) but a single auction may have a house, barn and steel building which would need coverage on the inside as items are being sold.
As a result, I'm wondering:
- Are there technologies we should focus on (or stay away from)?
- Is there hardware we should focus on (or stay away from)?
- Are there brand(s) we should consider (or stay away from)?
- Are there antenna(s) we should invest in (I realize this may dictate brand(s))?
I would rather not use WiFi boosters / amplifiers but they may occasionally be in basements, barns, steel buildings, etcetera. I would also rather keep it as open as possible (i.e. interchangeable antennas as needs arise (if special antennas end up being part of the solution). I've had experience with Cisco, Ruckus and your standard everyday brands like Linksys, NetGear, etcetera but am brand agnostic, as long as it is cost-effective, reliable and the coverage is what it needs to be. In the future, they may invest in better wireless technology but they are starting out and wanting to keep costs lower at this time. Any "more expensive" advice will be considered for future purchases, once they are established.
(The software is purely Windows-based, on Windows 7 or higher and is built to run on a peer-to-peer network. All computer hardware will be laptops.)
What would you do?