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Setting up a wireless network/server

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Charlie13, Dec 30, 2010.

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  1. Charlie13

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    I own a small Business and we are trying to set up a new wireless network. the building is 3 stories with many rooms and brick walls. My goal is to have wireless internet accessible in every room of the building and everyone who is connected to the network to have access to our main server with documents on it. What is the best way to go about this.
     
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    Hire a networking consultant with experience in a difficult environment such as this.
     
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    Thank you Terry,
    I was trying to avoid that because we do have a limited budget and i wasn't sure if it would be possible to set up myself.
     
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    Well, you asked for "best way." :)

    I've got some other suggestions for "do it myself way." I mostly stay away from business networks because I have no experience with them or with servers or domains, and realize that network downtime is considerably more costly to a business than to a household. They also tend to be much bigger than home networks. So I'll only comment on some ideas to determine how much wireless equipment you will need.

    I would try to stick with 802.11n routers or wireless access points, as they will give better range than 802.11g, and may result in less total cost because of needing fewer.

    Place one router or wireless access point somewhere "central" (middle room on middle floor would be maximum central). It need not be connected to anything other than electricity, as all you will do initially is check the signal. Now start walking around with your smallest wireless device--Wi-Fi detector, smart phone, netbook, etc.--and see what area is covered. Make sure you can actually communicate with the router from the weaker coverage areas (not just be able to detect the signal). That should begin to give you an idea of how many wireless access points are going to be needed, and where. You will want to run ethernet cables to those spots.
     
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