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Large wireless network help needed!

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by BrodieRider, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. BrodieRider

    BrodieRider Guest

    I have installed a LARGE wireless network at my hotel but am having trouble working out the bugs. The setup is a DLink firewall/DHCP router to a 24 port switch that feeds 18 cat5 cables that make up my backbone. There are 18 floors to the building with one cable drop on each floor from the backbone. This cable drop connects to a 5 port switch on each floor. The other 4 ports are cabled to 4 Linksys WAP11 mounted throughout the floor. Not every floor has 4 AP's but in total, there are 54 of them in the building. The guest rooms each have a Linksys WET11 bridge which are set to DHCP. The AP's are static IP's (192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.56) The WET11's are getting IP's from the DLink router in the basement so they pull 192.168.0.2-192.168.0.179. Yes, I have 177 WET11's! My problem is that once a day, at least 1 of the Access Points goes offline. I was told by Linksys that running the whole system on one channel is not a problem but I have staggered the channels 1-6-11 to see if it helps and am monitoring it. From what I know and have been told, this won't have anything to do wit the AP's going offline, it will just make client connectivity a little better. My only thought is perhaps it is something to do with the AP's being 192.168.1.~ and the DHCP are all 192.168.0.~. Please help, I need to know why my AP's are going offline! Oh, when they do go offline, they are offline until I unplug them and plug them back in. It is totally random which ones go offline. To check which ones are offline, I just run a network scan program that shows online IP's and since the AP's are static IP, if it's not on the list, it's offline obviously. WHY?! Aargh! Thanks for any suggestions you may have.
     
  2. Iron_Mike

    Iron_Mike Network Guru Member

    I assume you have the latest firmware for your AP's. There was some issues with the v1.1 APs locking up. Also it seems that since the lockups are random, that it might be something simple as Heat Related. Where are the APs installed??? Ceilings, Telecom Closets??????

    Mike...
     

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