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Best WAP For Dense Crowds?

March 5th, 2010 03:52 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader writes “A local community organization has asked me to help them set up WiFi access for an upcoming event, with some unusual (to me) requirements. All users (up to 500 people) will occupy a relatively small area and more-or-less have line-of-sight to the WAP, so issues like signal strength and wall penetration don’t matter. Security also does not matter, as we plan to open this to anyone wanting to connect. Cost always matters, but we realize a $50 Linksys or three won’t cut it here.
In the past, I have used Cisco AP1200s for a few dozen users to great satisfaction, but they only handle 50 connections at a time, and practically count as antiques at this point anyway. My research on the matter tells me that 802.11n performs far better in this regard, but I want to support 802.11g as well. I have no objection to using two APs to split those apart (with n limited to 5.8GHz, as per the suggestion of several comments in a recent Ask Slashdot), but physical constraints make it preferable to minimize the total number of APs needed — Ten WRT54s might cost about the same as one Aironet, but I only have three good places to mount these.
I welcome any suggestions and real-world experiences with similar situations, including the ever-popular Ask Slashdot refrain of ‘What kind of idiot would do it like that, when you can just do this?’ Ideally, I would like to know model numbers and how well they held up under real-world loads comparable to my situation.”

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