School Deployment 500 users AP?



  • Hi.

    I want to setup a pfsense server for a school, they are 500-600 wireless users+20 LAN.
      My question is about access point.

    I have been searching in different sites about what access point products can support this amount of users, linksys, netgere, tp-link have products for home, I don't want users to complaint that the system close their connection or cannot connect and latter find out that the AP reach his limits.

    I had made my task, I will need +/- 5 AP, this are like "business level", some one could point a good product that support this amount of connections?

    I will appreciated, thanks!!!



  • This probably should get moved to "General Discussions".

    That being said, it all depends on budgeting, AP/User density, how many features you want, and how much time you want to spend.

    If your looking at 20+ clients/AP doing a fair amount of load then I would be looking enterprise style-APs from Aruba/AeroHive/Meraki/Cisco/ect. Each has their pro's/con's but generally in smaller deployments I would probably go with AeroHive/Meraki as with the cloud-based controllers it is a simple web-page for site-wide management.

    If low density and you don't mind the overhead, I'd probably run whatever cheap AP's that have decent reviews capable of running DD-WRT.

    Always remember you can do a large amount of filtering with pfSense to reduce the load on the AP's via per-IP throttling via QoS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usi195rK35I), country filtering, Squidguard plugin can take of filtering out the adult sites and such, ect…



  • Always remember you can do a large amount of filtering with pfSense to reduce the load on the AP's via per-IP throttling via QoS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Usi195rK35I), country filtering, Squidguard plugin can take of filtering out the adult sites and such, ect…

    This is one of mi priorities, thanks Patrick_ for your excellent info.



  • To cover large areas Ubiquiti UniFi is a great solution.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    While I don't have any direct experience with them, I have heard from quite a few people who used Ubiquiti equipment in such deployments that they work great and are quite affordable compared to other similar choices.



  • Thanks all of u, love this forum!!!



  • General discussion; agreed.
    I would and do recommend the Aruba Instant Wireless 105 (2x2 MIMO).  Does not require a controller, cloud or physical.  The 135 is a 3x3 MIMO, but may be overkill.  Be careful about layout in 2.4gig spectrum.  Remember you need gig switch interfaces and 802.11af.

    Rudi


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