Do I need patch antennas for this deployment?

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We are building a performing arts center.   All of the spaces were easy to plan except for the auditorium.  The auditorium is basically a concrete box that seats 360 and has 25 feet high metal ceilings w/ acoustical decking over the concrete walls.

We will be providing access exclusively to smartphones in this area with the exception of the presenter(s) and a couple of people in the control booth.   

Can I use ceiling mounted omni APs, suspended down to about 20 feet to avoid the junk in the ceiling but, not so low as to obstruct the view,  or do I need to do something with patch and/or other antennas? I have no practical experience with any antenna type except for omnis.  I would model this but, I only have access to the Aerohive planning tool. 



 
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Dawn Douglass

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Posted 3 years ago

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Omar Vazquez

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Hi Dawn,

Typical "omni" APs will not do the job in this scenario, so external antennas are in order. A WLAN engineer can help you determine the appropriate antenna gain and beamwidth needed.

Omar
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Dawn Douglass

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Hiring a WLAN engineer is not an option.  Other thoughts?
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Well you stated that you have neither the practical knowledge nor the right software for this kind of deployment. So I'm not sure how else I could help other than telling you ceiling-mounted omni APs is not the right solution in this case.
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