OK, David, I know I'm opening a HUGE topic here that really should be an event in and of itself; but we have to talk about it. What are the important topics, considerations, issues, etc. that you see around WLAN troubleshooting and design?
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I see a lot of generalists that do not have the time or resources to learn wireless technologies. If you have the knowledge you also need the proper tools to perform layer 1 troubleshooting = spectrum analysis and L2 packet capture. Software to verify coverage and capacity = air magnet or ekahau.
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A very important thing most wi-fi designers forget about in the 2.4Ghz is what i call the ripple effect.. Eventually you will receive frames from another ap that is using the same channel as your ap. This wil lower the airtime available for this specific ap.Co-channel interference even with low rssi.
The first variable is what type of devices are being used. Are they 3x3:3 laptops or are they 1x1:1 tablets. With normal application bandwidth such as web browsing, low-definition video streaming, email, etc..... 35-50 laptops (3x3:3) connecting to a single 802.11n or 802/11ac radio is certainly doable.