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PoE+ access point for class rooms

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by Krisbi, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Krisbi

    Krisbi New Around Here

    Jun 17, 2019

    I’m looking for capable WiFi access Points which could handle huge amount of concurrent connected clients without any problems. So imagine the following situation:

    1,5 hours of a tutorial for students
    • class rooms with 50 students (50 to 100 connected clients), i.e. 50 laptops, up to 50 Smartphones
    • The students work with Eclipse. They check in and repositories constantly
    • The lecturer points them to new files, which they should download immediately after they were told to do so.
    • 1 or 2 students downloads always download some seasons from Netflix...
    • Everybody surfs the internet inbetween.
    Imagine a campus building with a lot of those rooms side by side. Available non-overlapping channels per room:
    • Maximum 1x 2.4GHz channel
    • 1x 20 or 1x 40 MHz 5.0GHz channel
    Also we have one single SSID with dynamic VLAN assignments by RADIUS. So traffic should be locally tagged accordingly.

    I personally like the Engenius EWS377AP, but there´s no review of it. Also I cannot find anything about dynamic VLAN assignment anywhere mentioned. Next access point would be a HPE/Aruba 535 which would be 2,5 times the price of an EWS377AP, probably with much better software but strange ecosystem (licenses everwhere...) Ubiquiti UAP-AC-SHD or UAP-XG would be an option, too. But there´s hardly any real benchmark which is not paid by Ubiquiti. GrandstreamGWN7630 is 4x4 802.11ax, is cheap, but would I really like to buy "Grandstream" access points...? Ruckus R720/R730 with onboard controller, but those are damn expensive.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019
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  2. coxhaus

    coxhaus Part of the Furniture

    Oct 7, 2010
    The Cisco small business switches have dynamic VLAN support. At least the SG300 and SG500 switches do. I bet the Cisco small business wireless APs will support what you are talking about as the wireless APs support RADIUS. With that said, what you are trying to do you may be better off with Cisco pro gear.
  3. coxhaus

    coxhaus Part of the Furniture

    Oct 7, 2010
    I just happen to come across settings for dynamic VLAN support on the Cisco SG300-28 switches. I have not run this code but here it is. It looks interesting. If I come across an easy way to run RADIUS with my server farm turned off I might try it at home. I could run my network this way.

    vlan database
    vlan 10-19,1234

    dot1x system-auth-control
    radius-server host priority 20 usage dot1.x
    radius-server host source-interface vlan 1
    radius-server deadtime 10
    aaa accounting dot1x start-stop group radius
    interface vlan 18
    name "VLAN 18"
    dot1x guest-vlan
    interface vlan 1234
    name "Fake VLAN to be U on port"
    interface gigabitethernet3
    dot1x guest-vlan enable
    dot1x reauthentication
    dot1x radius-attributes vlan static
    dot1x port-control auto
    switchport mode access
    switchport access vlan 1234