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Re: wifi for 600, alex
There are a few fairly easy things to do.
1. Don't do what most hotel networks do and think that simply sticking lots of $50 linksys routers into various rooms randomly does the trick. Use good, commercial grade APs that can handle 150+ simultaneous associations, and dont roll over and die when they get traffic
2. Plan the network, number of APs based on session capacity, signal coverage etc so that you dont have several dozen people associating to the same AP, at the same time, when they could easily find other APs ... I guess a laptop will latch onto the AP that has the strongest signal first.
3. Keep an eye on the conference network stats, netflow etc so that "bandwidth hogs" get routed elsewhere, isolate infected laptops (happens all the time, to people who routinely login to production routers with 'enable' - telneting to them sometimes ..), block p2p ports anyway (yea, at netops meetings too, you'll be surprised at how many people seem to think free fat pipes are a great way to update their collection of pr0n videos),
3a. Keep in mind that when you're in a hotel and have an open wireless network, with the SSID displayed prominently all over the place on notice boards, you'll get a lot of other guests mooching onto your network as well. Budget for that too.
4. Isolate the wireless network from the main conference network / backbone so that critical stuff (streaming content for workshop and other presentations, the rego system etc) gets bandwidth allocated to it just fine, without it being eaten up by hungry laptops.
5. Oh yes, get a fat enough pipe to start with. A lot of hotel wireless is just a fast VDSL or maybe a T1, with random linksys boxes scattered around the place.
On 2/15/07, Marshall Eubanks <tme@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Carl Karsten wrote: >> Hi list, >> I just read over: http://www.nanog.org/mtg-0302/ppt/joel.pdf >> because I am on the PyCon ( http://us.pycon.org ) team and last >> year the hotel supplied wifi for the 600 attendees was a disaster
> How was the wifi at the resent nanog meeting?