We are in the midst of moving into a new building and we are going to implement a wireless network as part of the build out.
I have sat down with my reseller and spoke about the different wireless options and design and they pretty much want to deck the 3 floor building out with over 30 access points. Each floor is about 275 feet long by 100 feet wide (total of 27,500 square feet) making a rectangle. There are really no walls, just conference rooms and offices on the outside walls of the building. The middle of every floor is completely open with cubes.
Their suggestion seemed to be a lot of AP's. We are not implementing wireless voice, this is just for data. Really it will only by people when they are in a conference room. We don't have a lot of visitors and when we do, they usually sit in cubes. The wireless network is truly a convenience thing for this new building.
My thoughts were to put four 1252 AP's on each floor, and spread them out in a square for even coverage. This would give me a total of 12 access points between the three floors. I am thinking of ordering two of the 4402-12 or 25 controllers (for redundancy), along with a WCS.
Does the recommendation of my reseller make sense or are they just trying to sell me the most that they can? I have used wireless N before (home routers) and the coverage is great. I wouldn't be surprised if a Linksys wireless-N router would supply coverage to an entire floor so having to have 10 per floor just seems like overkill.
Really I am just looking for some feedback on this setup to see what my best option is. I think I am going to decline the $12,000 site survey and install fee and just do it myself. I have seen a demo of the WCS and it looks pretty intuitive.
Also, I have tried finding some sort of planning utility that I could upload a floor map and it would help me plan the layout of AP's and coverage. I know the WCS has a map tool where you can do something like this but I don't own any of this equipment yet so I was wondering if anyone knows of a free tool I could use to help plan.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.