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Help on designing hard working wlan

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by burmolle, May 4, 2009.

  1. burmolle

    burmolle Guest


    I´m in need of help from people who really knows about wireless networks - so I came here :wink:

    I´m working for a company in Scandinavia that sells Hi-Fi equipment (TV´s, loudspeakers and sound systems etc.). Lately more and more of our products are using Wi-Fi one way or another (for instance streaming music via sonos or Logitech squeezebox, - but also TV´s inet radios etc.). This makes a reliable Wi-fi network a need to have. Historically we´ve just set up a WRT54G(1 or 2) and perhaps a wap54g as a repeater but this I´m afraid will not even get close to being enough in the future.

    Last week I visited one of our shops in Stockholm. To get an idea of the Wi-fi situation in the area I walked through the shop with Network Stumbler opened on my laptop. I found 59 wlans nearby. Added to this the shop is packed with cables, loudspeakers, amplifiers, TV´s and other pieces of electronics that one way or another must generate interference.

    I don´t really think Wi-fi was ever really intended for this kind of hard labor, but we will at least give it a try. Basically I´m looking for inputs on how best (and cheapest) to set up a decent Wi-Fi coverage in this and most likely other shops. I´m thinking something like a WRT54G with a couple of wap54g´s (hardwired). My question is: Do you think this will do the job? – And is there anything I should keep in mind while using this setup (for instance obvious problems/weaknesses).

    All ideas and inputs or links to pages with information on the subject are welcomed.


    Lars Burmolle Andersen
  2. DaveMcLain

    DaveMcLain Network Guru Member

    I wonder how congested the A band is at your location and IF any of the appliances will use the 5Ghz band? This could help somewhat because other WLANs will be seen as sources of interference when it comes to your network at least to some degree. But with that said if there are a few clear channels or ones where the other AP's are extremely weak it might do just fine.

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