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Dual Band USB adapters
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Has anyone suggested to students that only have single-band wireless adapters to obtain a dual-band USB adapter for better performance (by driving them to the 5ghz band)? If so, have you seen adapters that you would not recommend in an enterprise environment? We have a Cisco wireless infrastructure and have been testing the Cisco/Linksys AE3000 and newer AE6000 USB adapters. No real feedback from students yet, but am looking for other viable options to recommend if they exist.
We have one residence hall that is half student housing and half HUD senior housing. We own the building, but can’t take full occupancy until some date in the future (2018 maybe). Due to leasing agreements and such, we don’t have students all on the same floors (students and seniors are intermixed on every floor). This building is all wireless and has about 7 APs per floor. We believe that due to the AP density and the possibility that there is personal wireless (in the senior housing apartments) in close proximity to our infrastructure, we could be dealing with a great deal of interference in the 2.4 Ghz band. Roughly 53% of all wireless devices on campus are running 802.11n on 2.4 Ghz. Almost every student that has called to complain about a poor wireless experience in this hall is using the 2.4 Ghz band. Hence the desire to provide options to our students with single-band adapters to purchase something that is a dual band.
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