Big Temporary Networks

Sean Lazar knife at
Thu Sep 13 17:36:49 UTC 2012

WLAN in large conferences certainly is a challenge. You basically want
to get as many people on 5GHz as possible due to more available
channels. 2.4GHz becomes quite noisy. Also, configuring your access
points for high density helps. This means disabling the lowest data
rates. You also don't want to run full Tx power. Basically this will
ensure high data rates and quicker handoff to a nearer AP when roaming.
You don't want a client that is far away from an AP connecting to it at
a 1 Megabit data rate tying up the radio. This also is key in high
density seating open floorplan office situations.

Sean Lazar

On 9/13/12 8:44 AM, Jay Ashworth wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "George Herbert" <george.herbert at>
>> I know someone who did Interop's networking for a number of years and
>> does it for various non-Worldcon conventions. His short summary was to
>> stage and label and debug and test extensively beforehand, even if the
>> reassembly might introduce more bugs in the field.
> Excellent advice.
> But how do you load a wireless network and an uplink with 12-14k attachments 
> for testing purposes?  I can see how to test the uplink, but testing the WLAN
> seems ... well, next to impossible, to me, which is why I'm querying the list.
> :-)
> Cheers,
> -- jra

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