Hi, I'm the lead person in developing the networks for a large private yacht currently in construction.
Currently, we have 2 separate networks, one for PC/Office usage and another for our in house entertainment system.
Current PC network consists of Cisco 3800 router, cisco 3750G-48TS GigE switch for wired ports, and 3750G-24WS managing 22, 1240AG LWAP's on the b/g bands for wireless coverage, users are mostly laptops, Win Server 03 Domain, Not very bandwidth intensive except for local file sharing, as main internet connection is over always-on VSAT.
Entertainment network purpose is Crestron Control over Kaleidascape DVD on demand, for 17 Kaleidascape players which stream full quality DVD video with 5.1 surround from a Kaleidascape Server over GigE copper.
We're not sure if we need a 3750G-24TS series switch to handle the load of all the KPlayers, and we have to allow for ALL players to be used simultaneously. Can we use a 2960 series gigabit switch? What sort of performance drops should I expect in going with a layer 2 switch (2960) vs a layer 3 switch (3750G).
Crestron controls connect through 20 additional 1240AG access points limited to A band ONLY.
We're trying to decide if we need another 3750-24WS to manage the RF on the A-band network.
Our only other option is Autonomous access points, which seems like a mistake to me given the construction of the boat, but I need some help in what we lose by NOT using a wireless services controller like the 3750G-24WS.
Any help/comments would be greatly appreciated.