High-Density Wireless LAN Design

To kick things off I am going to do a series of posts on the processes that I go through when designing a wireless network for a high-density environement such as an auditorium or a conference hall that is going to be used to provide public WiFi access.

I do not work in corporate IT as such and all of my experience has been in designing temporary networks that simply have to work at all costs so I apreciate a lot of the considerations that many other people go through don’t always apply or even get a look in!

We often have a couple of days to deploy a network that might consist of a couple of hundred access points and some of the most demanding clients in the world, that’s what makes it fun (well, most of the time).

It is my intention that this post will be as vendor neutral as possible although generally I work with wireless kit from Cisco and Meraki at the moment but the same basic principals apply no matter what you’re using.

Areas that I will be covering in the upcoming posts are:

  • Determining Client Requirements.
  • Supporting Client Requirements.
  • Spectrum Management.
  • Physical Deployment.
  • Verification, Tuning & Fault Finding.


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