Wireless networking in concrete building

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I am new to networking and need to know what wireless networking equipment I need to set up a business network in a concrete building (consisting of 14 floors and 173 units). A site survey was done (by a company that is no longer in business), and they assessed that I need two wireless routers strategically placed every third-floor of my building. How do I find out which wireless router can do this effectively? And what other wireless network equipment do I need outside of Wi-Fi routers, i.e., extenders, antennas, etc.?

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I would recommend going to some of the major wireless vendors directly and getting them to propose a solution for you. Some of the players I would consider are:

<a href=”http://www.cisco.com”>Cisco</a>
<a href=”http://www.xirrus.com/”>Xirrus</a>
<a href=”http://www.merunetworks.com/”>Meru</a>

They should all have partners that can help you design, implement and maintain a good wireless network that meets your requirements.

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  • Yasir Irfan
    You can also consider following Aruba only manufactures wireless devices and they are leaders in wireless technology and to certain extent trapeeze networks does manufacture good wireless devices. HP Procurve does also manufactures wireless devices. But Aurba stands first among all.
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  • Drewloanonline5
    If you are only doing this for computer use, I would look into ethernet jacks in each room with switchs in each floor. This way you wont have slow speeds and you wont loose connection.
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  • Chippy088
    The problem with concrete buildings is that they are reinforced with steel, this can earth most of your wireless signal. If you want to source the wireless routers yourself, it will take a lot of knowledge of the equipment available. I would use the survey documentation to see where the weak spots are. Then you need to speak to someone knowledgeable who can suggest the devices needed and how to site them. Labnuke speaks words of wisdom, unless you are proficient in this sort of thing I would tell finance to support you with your choice of outside vendor. It's cheaper in the long run.
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