How many wireless clients an access point can support.

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The Access Point can support up to 20 clients (PC) or 7/8 phones comfortably, which depends on the application. The AP has the physical capacity to handle 2048 MAC addresses. However, because the AP is a shared medium and acts as a wireless hub, the performance of each user decreases as the number of users increases on an individual AP. Ideally, not more than 24 clients should associate with the AP because the throughput of the AP is reduced with each client that associates to the AP.

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Q. How many clients can associate to the AP?

A. The AP has the physical capacity to handle 2048 MAC addresses, but, because the AP is a shared medium and acts as a wireless hub, the performance of each user decreases as the number of users increases on an individual AP. Ideally, not more than 24 clients can associate with the AP because the throughput of the AP is reduced with each client that associates to the AP.

Cisco Aironet Access Point FAQ

Q. How many lightweight access points (LAPs) can the wireless LAN (WLAN) Controller Module control and manage?

A. The Cisco WLAN Controller Module enables Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) and Cisco 3700 Series Routers to manage up to six WLAN LAPs. It also simplifies the deployment and management of WLANs.

Cisco Wireless  Hardware Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many clients can associate to an access point?

A. An access point has the physical capacity to handle 2,048 MAC addresses. However, the access point is a shared medium and acts as a wireless hub. Therefore, a large number of users on an individual access point degrades performance.

The best estimates of potential client population for a given install site come from a presales site survey. Contact your Cisco Systems Engineer (SE), Cisco account team or Cisco authorized wireless reseller for assistance in the coordination of a site survey by a qualified survey partner.

Cisco Aironet Windows Clients FAQ

Q.How many clients can associate to an access point?

A. An access point has the physical capacity to handle 2,048 MAC addresses. However, because the access point is a shared medium and acts as a wireless hub, performance is degraded as the number of users increases on an individual access point.

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Problem Type

Definitions

Release notes / product  overview / data sheet / FAQ

Technical product specification / features

Products

AP 1200

WLAN adapters (wireless card) / ACU (Aironet Client Utility)

LAP 1000

LAP 1200

Access point

AP 1300

AP 340, 350

LAP 1100

AP 1100

Topology

Wireless client to AP

Product OS

IOS

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Rockford Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:03

This response must be out of date now due to 802.11n does anybody have any idea how many clients cisco recommends per access point now? All I can find is a pdf on collaborative high density testing with intel and they use 10 clints with an average throughput of 182Mbs, taken from white_paper_c11-492743_v1

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