Square Footage Range for AIR-AP1131AG ?

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Mar 4th, 2009

Can someone tell me the indoor square footage range for a Cisco AIR-AP1131AG ? I have someone that is purchasing this unit and wants to cover 3,500 square feet with just one access point. Thanks.

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jeff.kish Wed, 03/04/2009 - 12:20

The range should be fine for that area of coverage. The 1131AG is comparable to the Cisco 4941 antenna, which Cisco says has a range of 300ft at 6Mbps. You'll need to keep several other things in mind, though.


1. Client Capacity - the 1131AG can't support much more than 20 or 25 clients.

2. RF Shadows - An open environment is one thing, but if you have anything in that room then there will be large coverage holes if only a single AP is used. This is especially true with anything metallic.

3. Redundancy - If any wireless traffic is mission-critical, you should probably install a second AP in case the first one fails.


In the end, I would recommend at least one more AP, but purchasing one and trying it out isn't a terrible idea if money is a concern.


Jeff

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