The Air is Alive with Wireless

We rolled out about forty more Meru wireless access points this week, giving us a total of just over 90 in the building.  We have pulled in the 50 remaining Apple Extreme airports that were in the building, so we could be on a unified system.

Our first morning with the unified Meru points was a bit rough– we had over 400 users come on in about 30 minutes, as well as 240 Middle School students trying to do a secure login for a writing test trial.  We have over half of these students fail because of rejected logins or massively slow network performance (or none at all).

After the smoke clearned, we noted that wireless was slow throughout the building, and many people were getting dropped connections– when we turned off the Single Cell technology on the G radios, these problems went away, so we did that on all G radios.  (The Single Cell has worked fine for us for months on the N radios). 

So, today, we’re trying the 240 at once test again.  The G radios should work better, but we may still major slow-downs and login problems.  It crossed our minds that the 240 laptops may be going to 8 access points, but thos 8 access points may be running into a single POE switch, that runs back to the network core on a single copper gigabit line (on wiring that wasn’t gigabit certified).  Thus, we are patching in a second gigabit uplink for both POE switches in that area of the building right now.  We may also have a fiber option for the runs back to the core if needed.

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