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Wi-Fi across a school


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If this has been asked, and answered, my apologies, but I could not find when I did a search, I hope I used the right search criteria.

So here goes:

We, group of missionaries, have taken it upon ourselves to provide a local school with Wi-Fi. Have looked at many small Wi-Fi repeaters, and our conclusion is that to cover fully the school premises, we would need about 20 of these Wi-Fi repeaters. Not sure this is the way to go about it.

School is set on 1acre land. Set as a Quadrangle, with an empty area in the middle. Height differs, 1 Block has 2 floors, 1 other has 3 blocks, and the other has 4 floors.

Population of 450 students and staff. Computer Classroom with 30 PC's. Between 10-20 other PC's and laptops scattered amongst the staff around the school.

Internet provided by ADSL. Wi-Fi required to cover the whole Quadrangle, and on all floors.

Is there a simple (no tower construction...) and more cost-effective way, than buying 20 small repeaters to extend the signal?


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It is very difficult to give advice on this without actually seeing the buildings in order to work out the actual requirements and any obstacles that have to be overcome.

May I suggest that you ask a local PC shop that makes purpose-built PC's and systems if they could give you some on-site advice.

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