|Upon installing the AP's if they are going to be located on every floor is it just as simple as 'plug n play'|
When setup correctly, yes. You'll plug them in and power them up and they'll work.
i do understand they will have different ip address's given via DHCP of the router/switch?
I would statically assign the TCP/IP information to the AP's. Most SOHO level routers by default have a DHCP scope of 100 to 200. For example:
LAN IP: 192.168.0.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.
192.168.0.100 to 192.168.0.200
If you have 5 floors on the hotel and require two AP's per floor, the first AP (and I'd label and name it, "AP1") would have the following TCP/IP information applied to it manually (ie: statically assigned):
AP2 would be as follows:
Notice the IP's used on the AP's are outside of the DHCP scope. This avoids all possibility of duplicate IP's on the network.
and if i point each AP to the same gateway i.e. 192.168.1.1 then all internet access will be signalled wirelessley to the clients rooms?
The clients will get their TCP/IP information from the DHCP server through the AP. As long as all DHCP settings are configured correctly, then it will work properly.
Curt if i can some way in the future repay you for your kind advice i will do, just as soon as i reach the same level as bill gates :P
LOL - thanks!
I could use a couple mill anytime you have it to spare.
The only other things I can think of would be..........if you buy AP's that are PoE (power over ethernet) capable, and a switch that can provide PoE, then you wouldn't have to worry about having a power outlet near enough your AP location to be able to plug the AP's adapter in.
If you have power easily at hand to your AP locations, I wouldn't worry about it as PoE is slightly more expensive.
Alternatively, you could buy power injectors for PoE and PoE capable AP's and would then not need a PoE capable switch.
Don't forget security on your wireless signal and don't give guests access to internal resources reserved for staff.