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September 03, 2006

Calling all wifi boffins

OK, time to tap into the collective wisdom, intelligence and know how of the readers of "the dog" (might be taking a risk here :-)

From time to time I need to setup an ad hoc wifi network over a reasonably large indoor area (say a theatre foyer and a theatre). Typically, we can get ethernet internet access, but I'd like to hear from people about their reasonably low cost solutions to providing a wifi access in this sort of space. Whenever we have relied on someone else's system, it's been less than ideal, and we usually have no control over that situation whatsoever.

We have Macs as the main systems, which I know can be an issue for some routers etc, and the clients are both mac and windows laptops.

Our initial thought is to just set up an Airport Extreme, but does that really have the range without additional antennae, or bridges? There is an advertised limit of 50 clients - is this a hard or soft limit? Is this optimistic?

If you have any experience, thoughts, tips, links, or suggestions at all, we'd really appreciate it,

Or if your company sets up things like this, and you'd like to be the sponsor of the events we hold in exchange for setting up a network for a day or two, drop us a line as well :-)

thanks

john

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John and if I am one of your clients (ie WD06 + workshops) you will have to add a Linux laptop to the list of client machines. (provided I can get it setup)

Posted by: Nick Cowie | Sep 3, 2006 11:04:25 PM

Nick,

Linux should be fine - then again,we are dependent on the University networlk and they run a VPN, so you need a client for that and I'm not 100% sure they have one - I'll check it out. (We are working on some other options too)

tx

j

Posted by: John Allsopp | Sep 4, 2006 10:24:56 AM

I wonder what a Microsoft based linux os would be like? Just think about all those linux bugs running around.


Posted by: Sam Wright | Jun 2, 2007 2:58:34 PM