Do you want roaming?
Yes i do?
This is part of project which start in two months time.
My Questions are?
* Is Cisco good at this?
* What gears to i need?
*What Softwares/licenses needed?
I was thinking to get WLC 5508-25 with 10 AP 3500 to star. PLUS a 2k3 or 2k8 server to run WCS.. and L3 switchs like 3560 -8 ports POE.
what do you think?
Thanks in advance.
WLC 4408 is a good controller, very scaleable. You may not have enough aps or you may have too many.
WCS is good for reporting and management.
I woul not use the 3560 8 poe as it is only 100Mb per port and with 3500 aps you can see potentially 450mb per port so you have a bottleneck unless you run the aps in hreap with local switching,.
Windows 2k8 gets around some issues with 2k3 group policy.
What are the clients devices, and what are your thoughts on security.
Have you had a site survey and what is the environmet?
Sorry a typo I mean 5508.
The 3560 series switch is fine just make sure it has gig ports.
2k3 is fine if you arent using 802.1xhowever its pretty irelevent unless you are doing some sort of user or machine auth.
Security, no matter what you must have security, as a minimum WPA2-CCMP. WPA-TKIP is compromised, well largely.
Will clients just be looking at data I would suggest 20-25 clients per ap.
iPhones are a little strange in their sleep behaviour in that the WLAN will switch off so they will need to reauth when they awaken, I have had some clients ask why this happpens but its a feature of iPhones, never lkooked at sleep behaviour on other devices but if clients sya its and issue there is little you can do.
Again have you had or do you intend to have a site survey?
What other features are you looking for, you mentioned 3500 aps will you use spectrum expert, rogue detection or wIPS for added security.
Thanks for those advices.
I starting getting some clear picture..
I will go 3560G Poe and 2k8 " to be in the safe side for now"
thanks for passing your experience.
I will be using either WPA2-CCMP. WPA-TKIP..
site survey, not though about it. cos i will be mobile in the venues,, like 01 week in one place, next week in complety different location in the country.
is it big deal site survey?.. just spread the APs to cover the areas!!. ..
Yes, i will be using pectrum expert, rogue detection or wIPS for added security.
I am in my early stages to get this right..
A survey is THE BIG DEAL in wireless design
Get a planning too to work out where to put the aps and a plan from the venue sponsors and run simulatio. AirMagnet Planner or the tool in WCS will help. If you provide wireless and its poor you will get complaints. If a venue cant give tyou a plan and you make the coverage quality dependent on this it pushes the issues back to the sponsor.
Poor planning at the design phase just gives you a world of grief and unhappy customers. Just spreading the aps t cover the areas will simply not work wireless is quite complex and you need to get the balance right
WCS has a planning tool built in, you can get details in the admin guide
Typically you will need to wire all your aps, however Cisco has something called enterprise mesh that you could use, this only currently supports the 1242 and 1131 series access points, however I believe this will be extended in the near future to include the later access points.
You could aslo use something like a point to multipoint bridge with client access on the non root side however I dont know if bridging is officially supported on the 3500 or indeed if anyone has done it