is this network able to handle wifi 200 clients?

September 30, 2012 at 02:36:29
Specs: Windows 7
is this network able to handle wifi 200 clients?
Load balancing QNO FQR7110

HP 1910 Switch Series ---- 1910-8G Switch (JG348A)
Access point: TP-LINK 300Mbps Wireless N Range Extender (TL-WA830RE)

My client is all students... and all of them will connect to the internet by using Wireless connection.
So i estimate 12APs for them.. each access point will have around 17 clients...
and the 6 APs will be connect to 1 HP 1910 Switch Series 8 ports switch...

*Note: the switch is Smart managed switch, but im not going to setup it.. i will just plug and play..

May i know it is suitable to use that model of device to setup the network with 200 clients?
The load balancer and switch it is enough Processor and RAM?

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September 30, 2012 at 07:40:16
Unless someone here has "hands-on" experience with those particular appliances, and I do not, they won't be able to tell you what you wish to know.

What I can tell you is, if it were me researching this, I would carefully read the spec's on each device and do my own calculations. I would also read any/all reviews I could find on the devices I was looking at.

Why are you using wireless extenders and not Access Points? Are the devices you linked above less expensive than AP's? If not, I suspect you'd be able to find AP's that are more cost effective and have the same capabilities.

If you're not going to use the managed aspect of the switch, buy one that isn't managed. It would cost you less money.

You mentioned 17 clients per AP but I'm wondering how you plan on evenly distributing them?

Unless you use MAC mapping to the AP's, clients will always connect to the closest device. Left to that, you would end up with overloaded AP's and some that are basically unused. MAC mapping devices to AP's would require a lot of admin time.

If it were me, I'd use a wired solution since students will be sitting in a classroom (I assume) and not roaming around. Wired is infinitely more reliable and a whole lot less hassle in the long run. Setup the same type of "guest" access network for students (ie: they only have internet access, no access to internal resources) and put a DHCP server on that network and then all students have to do is plug in.

You don't need to spend money on wireless equipment either this way.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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I am the captain of my soul.

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September 30, 2012 at 09:18:58
We had those switches a few years ago. They were OK but once in a while locked up. I don't tend to see that on cisco products but they cost a lot more and would have different issues.

I don't know what the load balancer is going through here so I'd only guess you mean to some ISP. Yes it should surpass that. If you mean to some campus lan then maybe not.

I hate to say this but I agree that the wireless makes no real sense.

What is the projected data amounts is really the number one issue. Is this for simple file or some advanced database or programming where one might need 1G files every few minutes?

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