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Wireless in Challenging Dorms

 

We have about 8 dorms with 6" CMU block with drywall and paint and it's been very difficult to provide wireless without placing an AP in each room like the Aruba doc recommends .

 

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Would like to know how some of you have dealt with this type of building structures ?

Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA
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Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms

We did a "test" in which we deployed APs in every other room, but staggered them across the hall and by floor.  Think of a 3-D checker board.  Coverage isn't 'perfect' but there is enough bleed through that it works in all rooms without having to roll out 200 APs in a single residence hall.

Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms

 

Thanks for the feedback

Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA

Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms


mcw015 wrote:

We did a "test" in which we deployed APs in every other room, but staggered them across the hall and by floor.  Think of a 3-D checker board.  Coverage isn't 'perfect' but there is enough bleed through that it works in all rooms without having to roll out 200 APs in a single residence hall.


 

What APs are you using ?

Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA
Contributor II

Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms

We used AP-105s.  We didn't modify the radio power or anyhing else.  We simply put them in and let them go.  We basically followed Drexel University's model.  If you haven't seen it, the webinar is linked below.  

 

http://www.arubanetworks.com/technology/webinars/on-demand-webinars#webinar-education|hc4t0691

 

We haven't put it out as a full deployment, only as a "beta" test to validate what Drexel saw.  We saw similar results.  The cost associated with doing a microcell architecture is just too high for us at present.

Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms

 

Thanks

Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA
Occasional Contributor I

Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms

Is anyone here using the AP-93H in their dorms? If so, what has your experience been?

Frequent Contributor I

Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms

We've deployed 93H's in two dorm buildings.    The things I like - designed for in-room installation - thats a plus if you haven't yet convinced the installers that a hallway installation won't work (especially with cinderblock construction).

 

And they can be installed very quickly.


They appear robust - haven't had one go down yet for being crushed/spilled on - I think I only had to RMA one - and that was shortly after install (we have 109 installed)

 

The only con - is that they are single radio.... cost was a concern so they didn't get installed dense enough to provide both 2.4 and 5ghz coverage - so unfortuneately these dorms are 2.4Ghz only at the moment.

Occasional Contributor II

Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms

we are using the 93h's as well. we are also deployed in every other room type deployement. solved our wireless issues from an HP hall install environment.
Occasional Contributor II

Re: Wireless in Challenging Dorms

We replaced all our hallway APs with AP105s then we put AP93H in some rooms to augment the 5GHz coverage. We then turned on band steering. We are hopeful as more clients are 5GHz capable we will see more usage on them. Currently we see about 15-20% of our clients in the residence halls using the 5GHz channels. 

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