Maximum of wireless clients

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by geertn, Mar 8, 2007.

  1. geertn

    geertn LI Guru Member

    I was wondering about the maximum of wireless client a linksys WRT54GL can handle or anyone have seen handle. I need to setup wireless for a conference of ~80 people using the wireless at the same time. I was thinking of setting up 3 WRT54GL access points, each on one of the 3 frequentions that do not interfere with each other.

    My guess is that these APs are not capable of doing this and that I need some more professional hardware. But I'm interested in other peoples opinion about this.
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    I don't have experience, but I don't think 3 WRTs will cut it, as, when everybody gets a full strength signal, you will effectively share about 20 odd Mbps of bandwidth among 28 people - that's less than 1Mbps per person, at half duplex. If they get less than full strength signal, even lower. Even if you employ multicasting, your images will be tatty.
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    You bring up a very good question and i dont think anyone here is going to have an answer as most of us might run 3 or 4 wireless connections at the same time. I can tell you this for sure and then give you my thoughts. I know for certain that the wrt series has issues with mixed mode with more then 2 machines at the same time. The slower adapter i.e. B seem to loose connectivity for me but if its all G then the problem goes away.

    Things to think about, as HennieM mentioned you are going to be limited to the slowest negotiated adapter at any given time. Do you know how what these users are going to be doing on the connection? Intermittent but bursty traffic or sustained heavy bandwidth usage? Are you expecting to be going out to the internet or is this just for local communication only? Thinking about this for a moment even if you were going to hard wire all of these machine at 25 machines per unit and its heavy usage its going to really bog down and thats not even considering wireless. I personally notice a good slowdown if i am transferring data internally from machine 1 to 2 and then take machine 3 to the internet, the transfer rate drops significantly until machine 3 has been idle for a couple minutes. If connectivity is us utter importance then i would go overboard then not have enough. If its yes we would like it but it will be ok either way, then 3 units with some wireless and some hardwired might just do the trick.
  4. geertn

    geertn LI Guru Member

  5. kingvj

    kingvj Network Guru Member

    A regular Linksys AP/router (non-SRX) supports upto 32 wireless clients... practically 25-28 should work good. U can go for WRT54G-->WAP54G (repeater) ---->WAP54G(repeater) .. so that should support 28+28+28 in all. If required, go for one more WAP54G.
  6. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    In theory yes, however it still goes back to available bandwidth and how data intensive the connections are going to be.
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