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Searching for a mesh wifi network for warehouse

169 32 December 2, 2019 at 03:14 PM
can someone recommend a mesh wifi network for a warehouse? The warehouse section I'm trying to cover is about 16K square ft, open, with the exception of metal racking and metal metal frame. I only need for a reliable connection for speakers and employee personal use, not business operations. I've seen a lot of deals, but I'm unsure what would work for my warehouse.

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Since it's a business and multiple AP's to cover that much ground but I am guessing you don't have a ton of budget since it's a non critical applications I would say go Ubiquiti. Even though this is for personal use I wouldn't recommend a consumer setup for 16k sq ft. More then likely you will still want network control as well.
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See if you can get powerline adapters to work they may wind up being the cheapest way to go with some research you could just put three in a triangle and have good coverage all around.

You could buy a combo powerline extender or buy the powerline and then a separate inexpensive router to attach to it. I would not even bother looking at 5 GHz to tell the truth if you can find some inexpensive single band routers.
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Is there no way to run ethernet? Depending on the layout of the warehouse a few runs and some Ubiquiti APs would probably cover it.

We really need a floorplan to see how you'd lay this out. 16k square feet is gonna be a lot for a consumer grade mesh system to cover.
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I agree with the others here. I bought a Mesh setup for my home which has wireless nodes that connect wirelessly with the main access point.

But if you run Ethernet cables from your AP to the corners of the warehouse, you can plug in access points and create the "mesh" this way. Just make sure only the main access point has DHCP enabled (that's the software which hands out IP addresses). You give every wireless access point the same SSID and password, and the computers will roam from one to another.
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i feel if you're going to use powerline adapters, skip this and run your Cat 6. it's a warehouse. run it on the ceiling / where you can and that's probably where you're going to mount your Access Points.
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Is there no way to run ethernet? Depending on the layout of the warehouse a few runs and some Ubiquiti APs would probably cover it.

We really need a floorplan to see how you'd lay this out. 16k square feet is gonna be a lot for a consumer grade mesh system to cover.
I can run ethernet to APs, but to run to each speaker seems silly when they are wifi speakers. I'd say 6k is the real focal point for coverage.
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I agree with the others here. I bought a Mesh setup for my home which has wireless nodes that connect wirelessly with the main access point.

But if you run Ethernet cables from your AP to the corners of the warehouse, you can plug in access points and create the "mesh" this way. Just make sure only the main access point has DHCP enabled (that's the software which hands out IP addresses). You give every wireless access point the same SSID and password, and the computers will roam from one to another.
So buy multiple access points, make one the main access and the connect the others to each other via Ethernet cable. That correct? Any recommendation for reliable AP? TIA
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i feel if you're going to use powerline adapters, skip this and run your Cat 6. it's a warehouse. run it on the ceiling / where you can and that's probably where you're going to mount your Access Points.
I can run it anywhere
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So buy multiple access points, make one the main access and the connect the others to each other via Ethernet cable. That correct? Any recommendation for reliable AP? TIA
Ubiquiti as mentioned previously.
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you could run Ethernet cable down the middle of the building and space out 4 of these

https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-N4...B003Y5RYNY
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25 bucks each you could see if 3 could work and just buy premade cables
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Even though this is for personal use I wouldn't recommend a consumer setup for 16k sq ft. More then likely you will still want network control as well.
In an open-air warehouse it might be doable. There may not be a lot of masonry walls like homes of that size would have. If running CAT6-7 cable to multiple access points isn't desirable and you don't need 99.99% availability then I think you might get away with a ~5 node consumer mesh network.
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In an open-air warehouse it might be doable. There may not be a lot of masonry walls like homes of that size would have. If running CAT6-7 cable to multiple access points isn't desirable and you don't need 99.99% availability then I think you might get away with a ~5 node consumer mesh network.
Metal warehouse are difficult to start with. It's not that consumer devices won't work but they are typically not supported as long, lack as many network controls, and just are not designed for this. Uniquiti AP may even be cheaper, likely have better range, features and are designed for this application. With out doing more research and using some of the tools available I have no idea how many ap you need to do this with whatever system yo go with.

I am more of a buy once cry once person. I would rather spend the extra $100 now and have something thst works the fight and troubleshoot a consumer system to save $100
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I can run ethernet to APs, but to run to each speaker seems silly when they are wifi speakers. I'd say 6k is the real focal point for coverage.
Right, I was suggesting to run ethernet for APs, then all your speakers/devices connect to the APs. The TP-link option works but honestly the management with a set of 3 Ubiquiti APs is simpler, configure in the controller and all settings are passed to the APs. Also, if at some point you need to scale and use the wifi for business purposes you'd easily be able to do that.

Without a floorplan it's hard to know which APs to recommend, but if it's pretty open then then AC lite or LR would probably be fine
https://www.ui.com/unifi/unifi-ac/

They can usually be bought in 3 packs, but the 3 packs don't come with the POE injectors. So either buy individually or you could get a POE switch to power them all so wouldn't have to worry about separate power for each AP: US-8-60W https://www.ui.com/unifi-switchin...-switch-8/

This would be a nice and robust setup.
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So buy multiple access points, make one the main access and the connect the others to each other via Ethernet cable. That correct? Any recommendation for reliable AP? TIA
It's best to connect each AP to the "main" AP with Ethernet. The main AP is attached to the DSL or cable modem with Ethernet and it will be the only DHCP server, meaning it's the device which assigns IP addresses.
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