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FurryFeet writes: "I work for a medum size K-12 school and have been notified that in a few weeks we'll have a big training event for teachers. We're expecting about 50 teachers to all bring in their laptops for a full-day training session; they'll all need internet access to do the work. I though I'd just set up a couple of Wi-Fi routers and call it a day, but after googling a bit I bumped into the "Wi-Fi at conferences problem"; namely, there is not a good and easy way to give 50 people a great Wi-Fi connection simultaneously. This is a one-day event, so I don't have a lot of budget. Should I just explain the situation and install a bunch of Ethernet cables? Is there any other way to set up this network that won't cost thousands of dollars?"
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Setting up a big, one day WiFi network?

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  • RTFM, they're talking about 300-5000 people. 50, given the number of people "working" at Starbucks, I suspect 50 is going to be Just Fine. Worst case, set up two, making sure to use channels that are offset properly.

  • "I assume that WiFi wasn’t really designed to handle a big ballroom with 2000 people, all trying to connect with their laptops and cell phones at the same time"

    2000 > 50

    50 should be more than fine unless your internet connection is very slow - so you might want to throttle it a bit.

  • 1, Tell the teacher's not to bring their laptops.
    2, The presentation will be supplied on DVD
    3, If teacher's insist... remember they are probably wasting time on facebook and not paying attention anyway so kick them out of the presentation.
    4, Do not be sucked into a situation and make it more complicated that it really is!
    5, Good Luck and make them pay for the DVD.
  • 5,000 people, you'd be in for an iiinteresting time, probably have to set up multiple subnets, get in a 16-channel transceiver.

    50 people? you might *just* get away with it, but i'd recommend that you get at least two wireless access points, place one on channel "1" and another on the highest channel possible, because the channels actually overlap, and so "1" and "highest" only have 50% overlap of all the others... :)

    if you have 50 people all on the same routers at the same time, that's 802.11g *divided* am

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