Hi, I was just asked to make sure we could support 50 wireless laptops in a classroom for a social media course. How can I determine what kind of router(s) I will need and how much bandwidth might be needed on top of our current needs? Currently we have a 50 MB feed (up and down) coming into the building. I\’m really worried about having the right wireless routers. Thanks!
Without having the opportunity to test a wireless router with 50 laptops, it is hard for me to say for sure what router would work well. But in general, I would suggest going with a higher-end router that has a powerful processor so that it can act as “traffic cop” to all those devices. Given that it is a social media course and therefore I would not expect that your usage patterns would be all that burdensome, I’m sure a high-end router from a place like Best Buy would suffice. Alternately, you could decide to purchase two or more routers to split the load (a somewhat manual process, but perhaps a simple solution with some redundancy). Also, I’m sure 50 Mbits should handle your need for a social media class, especially if you have 50 Mbps on the upload side.
Let me know what you decide to go with and if you have any further questions.