Acces Points

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by verlaat1, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. verlaat1

    verlaat1 Guest

    I need some help in deciding wich equipment to buy. We have a 3 floor hotel with wooden floors and 120 rooms and the hotel has an H shape. Currently we have a 1 watt access point in the front of the H which covers all our front rooms and we are thinking about adding some access points on each floor to cover the sides and back of the hotel. Can I put several acces points on the same cat5 cable which connects to the router or does every access point need its own port with a seperate wired connection?

    Is it possible to make these access points wireless or will this slow down the system to much?

    Can i put high gain antennas like a 8 or 10dbi on these units?

  2. icemann77

    icemann77 LI Guru Member

    yes to avoid cabling you can set the other AP to wireless will still broadcast the wireless signal.
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    You can daisy-chain APs together with CAT5, as long as the APs have more than one ethernet port available on it's switch (and the cable lengths don't exceed 100m). The "switch" part of the AP is just, well, a switch..., and you can then have one cable to your central router.

    The WAPs have only ONE ethernet port AFAIK.

    Perhaps rather look at WRT routers, instead of WAPs, as any of the routers, which you can daisy-chain as they have 4 ethernet (LAN) + 1 WAN port, can then become a router if you need to subnet or do other fancy stuff. (And the price difference seems small, if any).

    Speed should also not be a problem with packets traversing multiple wired switches, as the wired part kicks dust in 54Mbit wireless's face.

    You can also do the whole thing wirelessly, but you may loose some of your wireless speed somewhere along the line.

    You can add external antennae to WRTs - not sure about the WAPs.
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