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Standard User mistral
(experienced) Thu 06-Oct-11 23:43:25
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Re: Large house - Wifi Setup


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You can use the same ssid however you normally need to change to smarted access points and dump the normal cheap ap approach.

Its the sort of thing that cisco / junipter and some others support. It gets into an enterprise area and expect ap's to hit you for £300 a shot smile

Standard User prlzx
(committed) Fri 07-Oct-11 01:22:06
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Re: Large house - Wifi Setup


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If you are likely to need 3 or more access points, you could take a look at this:
http://www.ubnt.com/unifi

You could start with a 3 pack and the access points can be supplied by PoE.

Unlike most other "enterprise" wireless systems, the controller is just software / service (included, Java-based with a browser-based config) which can be run under Windows, Mac or Linux on an existing or spare machine, and the controller software does not need to remain running once the APs have powered up and received their configuration (and any firmware updates).

For a large house, you can add a map or plan to illustrate where the APs are and it will show you which AP stuff is connecting to which may help you plan or revise your coverage.

These are indoor APs, for the garden you could use a separate NanoStation Loco M2 (also PoE and outdoor rated) which you could mount on an outside wall, or just stick one of the indoor APs on a window sill.

The main bugbear is that the power leads come with 2-pin (euro) plugs so you would need to get some 3-to-2-pin adapters, or cut off the plugs to fit standard UK plugs!

The newest version of the software controller will update the APs firmware to support "wireless uplink" meaning APs that can't be wired to the LAN can chain from another AP in range.

In a typical setup all devices will receive DHCP from your existing LAN router and the controller software will discover them after they power up for the first time.



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Standard User Supermags
(member) Fri 07-Oct-11 17:08:57
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THat sounds like a great system - I'll definitely have a look! Does anyone have any experience from using it!?


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Standard User prlzx
(committed) Sat 08-Oct-11 01:29:43
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Re: Large house - Wifi Setup


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We're using it in a few buildings for work and so far so good (I previously mentioned the only downsides I can think of).

We found that there was more time involved in finding places where we were allowed to place units and which areas we could discreetly run cable to (buildings are old or have aesthetic requirements which trump technology needs).

The main feature we didn't need was the guest portal (web-based splash page and logon), mostly because we were already using pfSense v2.x (a very flexible FreeBSD firewall / router OS) and partly because that requires the Unifi controller software always running for guest portal traffic.

We do use the multi-SSID stuff, mapped to VLANs (newer Draytek including their AP seem to offer that too).

But yes it would be good to hear if anyone else on TBB had used it whether in trial or in anger, as well as any similar kit for large house / building coverage.



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Edited by prlzx (Sat 08-Oct-11 01:51:36)

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