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Can one AP handle 50 users at a time?

I need to set up a conference room with a WLAN. Up to 50 users may be simultaneously present. Will one powerful AP do? Or do I need multiple APs?

Which APs have load-balancing features?

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What services are you going to provide? E-mail? Web browsing? Video conferencing? Streaming audio/video?

Since each WPA acts as ONE port on the switch/router, you can do the math for bandwidth distribution. Load balancing is where each WPA is on a separate port as opposed to sharing a port by bridging.

A shared 10 MB port can handle a hundred e-mail clients, but only ten browsers and only one video stream.

This was first published in October 2005

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