How to create a wireless network for a large house?
Can somebody explain the best way (which will give best performance) to set up a wifi network across a large house?
If money were almost no object, how would one set it up so that you could get a strong wifi signal in every room from the basement to the attic? (preferably while staying on the same wifi network device video eg. so that it doesn't require any skill on the part of the user to change networks etc.) The goal being to be able to watch streaming video in any room on an iPad/iPhone etc.
If money were almost no object, how would one set it up so that you could get a strong wifi signal in every room from the basement to the attic?
If it is a large house, then you may need to install more than 1 AP. (depend on the signal propagation through your building materials). If you are construction stage of your house, I would install data points (cat 6 cabling) to each bed rooms/ common area that you require WiFi signals strongly from the your home DSL/Internet entry point.
Assuming your Home DSL/Internet modem got many wired ports, then you can connect those AP to your internet modem for connectivity.
If you are using Cisco autonomous AP (eg 1142, 3502 that you can find cheaply on 2nd hand market), you can have basic config like this across all your APs
conf t hostname <AP_HOSTNAME> ! dot11 ssid <SSID_NAME> authentication open authentication key-management wpa version 2 guest-mode wpa-psk ascii <SSID_PASSWORD> ! interface Dot11Radio0 encryption mode ciphers aes-ccm ssid <SSID_NAME> no shutdown ! interface Dot11Radio1 channel width 40-above encryption mode ciphers aes-ccm ssid <SSID_NAME> no shutdown ! interface BVI1 ip address dhcp ! end write memory
As Leo said, you can turn off 2.4GHz (radio 0), if you want to have higher performance/throughput for your video services.