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Multiple access point retirement home wifi

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March 22, 2014 8:52:14 PM

First off I would like to say I am not a networking guy. That being said I would appreciate any help I can get.

My company has asked me to create a wireless network for their retirement home. Obviously there will not be a large amount of traffic as most of the residence don't even know what a computer is but there are quite a few people living in the home.

Basically the cable modem connects to a router. Three ports from the router are ran to three smart PoE switches, one on each floor. From the switches, cat-6 is ran to all the access points (7 per floor)

The company wants to allow the clients to roam and have the network appear as one large wifi network, just like a college for example.The wireless access points are quite congested so my plan is to set the their channel's to automatic for simplicity but I might have to manually assign them with alternating 1, 6, and 11 channels. All the access points will have the same ssid, security and passphrase. The network's router will have DHCP enabled while all access points will be disabled.

Any advice will be appreciated!
March 22, 2014 9:56:35 PM

Ok, it sounds like you've got it all figured out. What help do you need?
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March 23, 2014 8:27:27 PM

pyr0_m4n said:
Ok, it sounds like you've got it all figured out. What help do you need?


Thanks for the quick response! Honestly I have never done this before and was just looking for advice. I did a little research but I was just wanting to know if everything looked ok or if you noticed any problems I might have.
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March 23, 2014 9:08:22 PM

Have you already purchased the equipment? Make sure to set the channel width to 20 MHz or congestion will be even worse.
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March 24, 2014 9:42:13 AM

abailey said:
Have you already purchased the equipment? Make sure to set the channel width to 20 MHz or congestion will be even worse.


No the equipment has not been purchased. The company was thinking of getting the EnGenius eap350 wireless access points and EGS5110P smart PoE switch. Would that be better than setting it to automatic 20/40 MHz?
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March 24, 2014 10:02:36 AM

I have not had any experience with the EnGenius products but it looks good to me. In your deployment it is probably safe to let your AP do auto 20/40 MHZ as it will most likely never choose 40mhz. The only thing I could not tell is if those AP's allow for Zero Handoff Roaming. It does not appear that they do, which means as you roam your device will have to reauthenicate to the AP you are near. Not a real big deal, it just stops your connection for a bit while it attaches to the nearest AP. If you do want Zero Handoff Roaming you can try something like these http://www.ubnt.com/unifi#aplr . I have used the Unifi AP LR models in an install and was very happy. They support the Zero Handoff Roaming.
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