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Thanks Wes, that¹s encouraging! I think part of our experience has been the
mixture of B/G (³dumbing down² to B speeds). Looking forward to all G/N next
year. Has anyone had issues with this mixture? Does G ³dumb down² N traffic
in the same way?

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on 5/21/09 1:38 PM, Wes Vaughan wrote:

> I have a Thin Client laptop lab that runs off of one of those access points.
> We have had all 24 units going at once as well as others attached to it and
> didn't have any problems with speed or capacity.
> 
> Wes Vaughan
> WNESU
> 
> 
> Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 11:46:38 -0400
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Wireless in buildings...
> To: [log in to unmask]
> 
> Re: Wireless in buildings... We have a similar setup (Linksys WAP54G), but I
> am skeptical about the capacity of these when our portable labs increase from
> 12 to 20 next year. Each lab has a dedicated access point. Does anyone have
> thoughts about the capacity of these APs?
> 
> E
> 
> 
> on 5/19/09 9:40 AM, Bill Clark wrote:
> 
>> I have 6 WAP54G Linksys units, each w/ diff SSID. Have been pretty reliable.
>> I have found that the security settings will get reset occaisionally with
>> power/AC weirdness (sags etc). That cisco symbol/light is a source of
>> confusion --stay away!
>> 
>> Bill Clark
>> Austine School
>> 
>> Am looking to complete the wireless footprint this summer.
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: School Information Technology Discussion
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Craig Lyndes @ wcvt.com
>> Sent: May 19, 2009 9:24 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask] <http://LIST.UVM.EDU>
>> Subject: Re: Wireless in buildings...
>> 
>> Bryan,
>> 
>> What you want is "Roaming".  It is a protocol where the wireless access
>> points hand off a moving workstation to each other, taking over the
>> communications for that workstation.  It involves the access point that just
>> acquired a workstation updating the ARP table of every device on the network
>> with it's MAC address, so the packets will now come to it instead of the
>> access point that just gave up the workstation.  One of those seemingly
>> simple things that really is quite amazing when you see it work.
>> 
>> Once you are using access points that support roaming you can have a single
>> SSID, all of them use the same channel (and have identical security
>> settings).  The broadcast ranges of the access points can overlap (should
>> overlap if you want uninterrupted coverage) and the workstation will select
>> the strongest signal when it starts up, picking up another signal once it
>> reaches a weakness threshold.  The switch over is noticeable on the
>> workstation, if you are doing a download you will see it pause for 2 or 3
>> seconds.
>> 
>> I have done 3 buildings very economically with Linksys WAP54G access points
>> ($70).  They function well and are inexpensive enough to have a spare on
>> hand for fault tolerance.  To manage them I have a web page that has a link
>> for every access point described by location.  They have a lit cisco symbol
>> on the front that if pressed reprograms them to some brain dead setting
>> Linksys thinks you want, so I cover that to keep little fingers away.
>> 
>> Craig Lyndes
>> Franklin Central SU
>>> > A couple of weeks ago there was a thread about wireless in schools.
>>> > I'm looking to wire our school district (one large building) with
>>> > wireless access. Apple Airport Base Stations are not really working out
>> for us.
>>> > Even
>>> > with multiple channels on the base stations, computers continue to not
>>> > choose base stations closest to them. I'm looking for a solution to go
>>> > back to a one network name (SSID) throughout the district. What brands
>>> > of equipment are you using? Also, there are services that come in to
>>> > see where optimum placements of base stations would be - does anyone
>>> > have a couple of vendors?
>>> > Thanks,
>>> > Bryan
>>> >
>>> > Bryan Thompson
>>> > Technology Coordinator
>>> > Winooski School District
>>> > Winooski, VT 05404
>>> > 802-655-2555
>>> >
>> 
> 
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