[GLLUG] Charity WiFi, a bit off topic

James Courtier-Dutton james.dutton at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 10:42:47 UTC 2018

On Sat, 24 Mar 2018, 15:54 stuart taylor via GLLUG, <
gllug at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'd like some advice, please. I voluteer at a charity and have got them
> all using Linux on their computers. Now they want me to install a WiFi
> system for them. They have recently refurbished part of the building and
> wish to turn it into a meeting room for 20-25 people. The current broadband
> WiFi doesn't reach up to the meeting room, so will need some additions.
> My local pub uses something called Open Mesh, has anyone used these, and
> are they any good?
> Stuart


It is a shame that during the refurb, they did not think to add ethernet
sockets in each room.
It would have been very easy to add wifi then.

While wifi is good, sometimes, having a physical ethernet cable in a
meeting room is a great thing to have, when everything else fails.

Now the wifi.
The question is:
1) Will users be happy having to switch to a different access point when
they move rooms, or
2) would they prefer the wifi network to take care of that for them.

(2) is often preferable, but tends to be more expensive.
I actually don't know why (2) is more expensive, if support for it was
added to every wifi router, then it would be cheap.

With (2) the wifi network has a single central controller, and then
distributed antennas.
This permits the system to determine where every client PC/Phone is, and
ensure that the most efficient method is used to communicate with it. I.e.
Automatically use the closest antenna.

Kind Regards

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