Help with Wireless Network for Large House

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jww, May 20, 2005.

  1. jww

    jww Network Guru Member

    I am tasked with installing a wireless network in a large house which I need some help with. It's a big house and I am worried about deadspots and the proper way to set it up. Please read the description of the house/property below and their requirements and let me know what you think. Thanks

    House Description:
    20,000 sq foot 3 story (includes basement) with some steel construction for stuctural support (interference?)
    shaped like an L
    Basement has all utility rooms including a networking room where there are pre-run plastic conduit to the attic for all parts of the house
    Already have a 48 port switch and a dlink web safe router w/ cable modem

    Wireless-G of course
    Needs to have security (WEP is ok)
    Should all be on the same internal network
    Good coverage with no or almost no deadspots
    They want to be able to walk around with a laptop (centrino) and get coverage anywhere so no speciality client adapters

    Here is what I was thinking about:
    2 wrt54g routers with modified firmware to act as access points
    - either using cat5 through conduit to connect to switch or another wrt54g using WDS
    - power over lan? or run a power cable in the conduit as well

    I don't know if I should use a special antenna or other things

    I would appreciate any commentary that you guys have. I would like to order the right stuff the first time so that I don't have to rip it all out for several trials. Thanks

  2. nels0360

    nels0360 Network Guru Member

    First thing I would do is get a Belkin Pre-N router. Use it in Wireless G mode and see if it will cover the entire house from any location where you could install it. That would be the simplest, I think.
  3. DocLarge

    DocLarge Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Whatever wireless router you get, try and see if you can find the "highest point" in the house (obviously the attic it the place has one) and test your coverage from there. Some particular models can use modifed firmware to extend the wireless range.

    If your customers are interested in covering a large amount of ground and you can ideally do that minus having to play around with firmware, I'd take a harware solution, such as a pringles potato chip can or a coffe can. These make perfect antennaes. Here's a link to consider:

    Just search on "wireless antennae + cans" and you'll get some good returns.

  4. cr8zy07

    cr8zy07 Network Guru Member

  5. cr8zy07

    cr8zy07 Network Guru Member

    here is another thing..i would run a CAT5 to a WRT54GS in the attic and put that in the inside corner of the L and then that should give u ALL the coverage u need...but if u dont want to run a CAT5 u can put one router in the attic and another in the Basement and WDS them together and have the laptops )how ever many there are) slipt up on the routers...this would work great if there is desktops on the higher floors and desktops on the lower floors it would ALSO allow for upgrade if they wanted to buy more computers...just put in the MAC address of the adapter on the router u would like it to connect into and that would take care of running wires...well that should do the trick hope it helps
  6. jww

    jww Network Guru Member

    thanks guys

    i'll let you know how it works out
  7. cr8zy07

    cr8zy07 Network Guru Member

    ok yeah keep us updated...the way i gave u SHOULD u shouldnt have ne or IM me if u have ne problems
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