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December 7, 2013 2:57:04 PM

Hi there,
I have done hours upon hours of research, and can't find much of anything out there that exactly answers my questions, so I figured I would ask the experts. My small business is renting a new office with 5,000 square feet and I would like to setup our wireless network. There are about 9 offices in it, so obviously it has a lot of walls. I have about 15 active users on the network at all times, but a couple times per month we have staff meetings and can have up to 50 people on the network at the same time. We would like to also provide guest access to our customers. In the field we are in, we should have a decent firewall as well. Do you have any suggestions on what firewall, switcher, and access points to use? Also, how many access points do you suggest me getting? I would also like to keep the finances as limited as possible, but I do understand it can get expensive. Any help would be appreciated!

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December 7, 2013 3:16:46 PM

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I have done hours upon hours of research, and can't find much of anything out there that exactly answers my questions


You haven't, because it is very hard to spec out an office network without direct eyeballs on the scene.

9 offices, 15 users, guest access for customers....
what type of business is it? Sales, architecture, software dev, manufacturing...
What is the building construction? Old? New?
Servers?
Corporate email?
Proxy/firewall/AV/Domain
What type of throughput and interconnectivity do you need?

Not looking for actual answers to these, but those are the beginnings of the type of things that need to be addressed. And there are far more.
Hire a local, competent person or company. It will cost far, far less in the long run. And probably actually work.
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December 7, 2013 9:41:00 PM

USAFRet said:
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I have done hours upon hours of research, and can't find much of anything out there that exactly answers my questions


You haven't, because it is very hard to spec out an office network without direct eyeballs on the scene.

9 offices, 15 users, guest access for customers....
what type of business is it? Sales, architecture, software dev, manufacturing...
What is the building construction? Old? New?
Servers?
Corporate email?
Proxy/firewall/AV/Domain
What type of throughput and interconnectivity do you need?

Not looking for actual answers to these, but those are the beginnings of the type of things that need to be addressed. And there are far more.
Hire a local, competent person or company. It will cost far, far less in the long run. And probably actually work.


Sorry, and I hate to say this, but I accidentally tagged your post as the solution. Anyway, I have dealt with multiple contractors and the thing is that out of the 15 or 20 different agencies and people who I have hired, all of them take advantage of their customers because most people do not know much about this stuff. Me on the other hand, I am a computer programmer and look for solutions and I have set up other networks like this one, just not on this scale... I just was asking some advice from people who have more experience with this size of a network.
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December 7, 2013 9:46:07 PM

nmudgett said:
USAFRet said:
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I have done hours upon hours of research, and can't find much of anything out there that exactly answers my questions


You haven't, because it is very hard to spec out an office network without direct eyeballs on the scene.

9 offices, 15 users, guest access for customers....
what type of business is it? Sales, architecture, software dev, manufacturing...
What is the building construction? Old? New?
Servers?
Corporate email?
Proxy/firewall/AV/Domain
What type of throughput and interconnectivity do you need?

Not looking for actual answers to these, but those are the beginnings of the type of things that need to be addressed. And there are far more.
Hire a local, competent person or company. It will cost far, far less in the long run. And probably actually work.


Sorry, and I hate to say this, but I accidentally tagged your post as the solution. Anyway, I have dealt with multiple contractors and the thing is that out of the 15 or 20 different agencies and people who I have hired, all of them take advantage of their customers because most people do not know much about this stuff. Me on the other hand, I am a computer programmer and look for solutions and I have set up other networks like this one, just not on this scale... I just was asking some advice from people who have more experience with this size of a network.


Untagged, and I know where you're coming from. I'm a programmer as well.

But to give relevant, specific, advice from out here is very, very difficult.

Your environment is unique. As is everyones. What works in one building will not work in another. It takes eyeballs on the scene to determine what actually will work.
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December 8, 2013 11:35:02 AM

USAFRet said:
nmudgett said:
USAFRet said:
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I have done hours upon hours of research, and can't find much of anything out there that exactly answers my questions


You haven't, because it is very hard to spec out an office network without direct eyeballs on the scene.

9 offices, 15 users, guest access for customers....
what type of business is it? Sales, architecture, software dev, manufacturing...
What is the building construction? Old? New?
Servers?
Corporate email?
Proxy/firewall/AV/Domain
What type of throughput and interconnectivity do you need?

Not looking for actual answers to these, but those are the beginnings of the type of things that need to be addressed. And there are far more.
Hire a local, competent person or company. It will cost far, far less in the long run. And probably actually work.


Sorry, and I hate to say this, but I accidentally tagged your post as the solution. Anyway, I have dealt with multiple contractors and the thing is that out of the 15 or 20 different agencies and people who I have hired, all of them take advantage of their customers because most people do not know much about this stuff. Me on the other hand, I am a computer programmer and look for solutions and I have set up other networks like this one, just not on this scale... I just was asking some advice from people who have more experience with this size of a network.


Untagged, and I know where you're coming from. I'm a programmer as well.

But to give relevant, specific, advice from out here is very, very difficult.

Your environment is unique. As is everyones. What works in one building will not work in another. It takes eyeballs on the scene to determine what actually will work.



Yes, I definitely understand that. Maybe I will look for a contractor then, but as always, I am still up for suggestions.
Thanks!
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December 8, 2013 1:18:28 PM

That answer was indeed the best and excellent advice -- you need a local guy that is very good at network layout and implementation. No Internet research will help, and will probably hurt you for a project like this.
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