Enterprise Level Wireless (802.11b/g)

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by ShimmyT, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. ShimmyT

    ShimmyT Gawd

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    I work inside of a fairly large building with a conference center (holds about 300 people). We are looking to put in a more robust wireless networking setup in. We would like to host events where the majority of the users bring in their own laptops, with our current users using their laptops. Currently we are running 3 Apple Airport Extremes over there now, and they do well for what we are doing now but we would like something that could provide us some reporting, and more enterprise style control. Also something that would have the power to have more then 10 or 15 users max would be nice. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
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  3. Boscoh

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    I thought the Airport Extreme had a lot of enterprise-class management features...SNMP, 802.1x, LEAP support, a management app, etc. What exactly are you looking for?

    Your best bet for enterprise-class stuff is likely Cisco and Proxim. The Cisco 1240 and one of the Proxim 4000 series sound about right for your environment. But again, I'd investigate the Airport Extreme and make sure that you are not overlooking some management features, and dont kill your investment.
     
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    Cool...I didnt know Extreme made wireless stuff...yeah, Extreme has some REALLY nice gear.
     
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  6. ShimmyT

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    The main problem we have with the Airport Extreme's are that they don't like to have more then 10 users on them. I was hoping there would be something with more power. Or maybe I am completely wrong in what is available out there.
     
  7. oakfan52

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    WE use Aruba products in our enterprise.
     
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    If your going to look at Cisco look at the new stuff. a long time ago they bought Aironet, and that was their standard.. Recently they bought Airspace, and from most indications that is going to be the way they go.

    So if your looking at Cisco and their management solutions, I would suggest looking at the airespace stuff.

    The WLSE and now the WCS for the Airespace stuff gives you a ton of ways to manageg your wireless network. Look here
     
  10. Boscoh

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    253 users on an 802.11g access point? Damn...that have to be pretty sluggish.

    I personally dont like going over 20 users on an access point. A lot less than that if you're looking at users moving files around the LAN a lot. But I come from more of a business environment, not large conference centers like you guys are dealing with.
     
  11. oakfan52

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    that why we put an Aurba AP every 20' or so so they all over lap for fault tolerance and better load distrubution. Thats tough to do with Cisco because of the cost. Even for a Comant of our size (well over 250 IT employees).
     
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    Just put in a cisco wireless solution for a customer. Using a Cisco Wireless controller and Aironet 1200a/b/g, great solution, 802.1x and the wireless controller does rouge detection, wireless survey's and will automatically adjust wireless signal strength so your AP's don't overlap, also supports fast ap switching so users and wireless VoIP phones can roam from ap to ap.
     
  13. ShimmyT

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    We're really trying to avoid the cisco route (damn marconi shit). I do like that 3com idea. What does everyone think about having just 4 airport extremes (another idea someone suggested) to handle the rooms? I'm just worried about too many people in one section jumping on one airport and it not load balancing properly.
     
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    Maybe I missed something, but what "marconi shit" are you referring to?
     
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    I recall M$ replacing all their model year 1999 Cisco networking gear with those Aruba products (which I found to be odd)...isn't Cisco supposed to be the best? :confused:
     
  16. Lazn_Work

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    Nope Cisco is great for a single provider of everything, but in each niche there are better products.

    Foundry is better at enterprise security and 7 layer switching, Juniper is better at high end routers etc.

    But if you want a single provider, or if you are not high end enough to afford the above brands Cisco is hard to beat.

    ==>Lazn