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Wireless advice needed

Discussion in 'Wireless' started by SimonV, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    We are looking into installing more wireless access at our school for using PDA's to take registration. Now parts of the school are wireless for laptop use but some registrations need to be taken outdoors such as the PE dept and for fire drill and these areas are not covered.

    I need to implement a solution for the above and I need some advice on what model access point I need to look into. The distance from building to fire drill point is around 100 - 150 M and so would need something that can cover that kind of range.

    I was looking at this Cisco model but I'm not sure if this is overkill for the job or not LINK any advice or ideas would be great.

    thanks, Si :)
     
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  2. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Si

    We are using THESE in the boarding houses and departments. I have found them to be reliable with a reasonable range. Not sure about outside though.

    Oh and a whole lot cheaper than Cisco :biggrin
     
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  3. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Thanks AJ, we need a good range on this so if we have to spend that little bit more then so be it. any more info would be great.
     
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  4. Baba O'Riley

    Baba O'Riley Gigabyte Poster

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    Si, I think you'd be surprised at the range of bog-standard wi-fi equipment. I got a perfectly stable 1mbps connection on a Dell laptop from a belkin ADSL router 300m away in a different building so there were at least two external walls in the way as well as the distance. I think you should be alright with most commercial level stuff.
     
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  5. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    If you need to bump the range up, you can buy one of these babies to hang on an external wall.

    [​IMG]

    It can be found in AJ's link
     
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  6. AJ

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    Hey nice one Pete, never noticed that before. :thumbleft
     
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  7. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    That looks like it will do the business the range is more than adequate so it looks like I'll be adding them to my shopping list.
    Thanks
     
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  8. Sandy

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    Interesting Si...

    There is a move in many schools away from WiFi due to the possible Cancer risk.
     
  9. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    This one has been around for a while and infact I am a member of another chat forum for IT related stuff esp for private schools. I think it was the school at Stowe that removed all of it's WAP because of the cancer risks.

    Now I'm no expert in this field but the above reads like perfect sense to me.

    This is as you can imagine quite a hot topic in schools at the moment.
     
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  10. Baba O'Riley

    Baba O'Riley Gigabyte Poster

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    Nice one AJ, completely agree with that post. We are blanketed in various EM raidation all day every day, from radio signals to EM from electrical products like TVs and microwaves. Banning wi-fi equipment is just a knne-jerk reaction that would make no difference whatsoever.

    Ever had your TV or radio blanketed out by a passing taxi or ambulance because of the strength of their radios? How come emergency drivers and taxi drivers don't have a higher than average instance of cancer?
     
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  11. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Cancer risk my ar$e.

    http://www.geocities.com/toddemslie/moonbounce_DXTV.html

    Compare that to this..

    mW being 1000th of a Watt.
     
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  12. AJ

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    This is the reason from this school who removed the access points from parts of it's premises:

    Believe it or not
     
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  13. Boycie
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    There is a big teaching hospital in Cardiff and the place has loads of Cisco access points. You would have thought they would be the first place to ditch them if they were a risk surely?

    Si
     
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    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    I believe it in one respect. However no mention is made of a blind test. I have seen people who are basicaly hypochondriacs (sp?) who love to complain about almost anything.

    Harry.
     
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  15. Bluerinse
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    My mother-in-law for one :twisted:
     
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