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802.11n access point planning in residence halls
We put in our current Aruba 802.11g network 4 years ago, and designed it for coverage and redundancy. We hadn’t planned on going from 1 wireless device per 2 students to an average of 3 devices per student this quickly. Now we are trying to develop a plan for what our next wireless network will look like. We are having engineers from Aruba, Meraki, and potentially Aerohive come on site and talk to us about their current products and do walkthroughs of our halls.
Our buildings are a mix of traditional brick and mortar, steel stud and sheetrock, and cinder block construction. The layouts range from standard 2 bed 1960’s era dormitories, to current 6-8 bed suites with common rooms. While I know that this discussion can get out of hand quickly, we are a small shop and need to reduce our administrative overhead, so daily RF studies to determine if Xbox controllers are interfering with our AP’s isn’t an option? Has anybody else created a “template” for how many students per AP (assuming 3x3 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz)?
Again, I’m sorry for this somewhat open ended question.