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Design Principles of Stadium Wi-Fi

François Vergès and Chris Reed join forces on Clear To Send to talk about design principles of stadium Wi-Fi. 

Designing Stadium Wi-Fi

What are important considerations when designing Wi-Fi for very high density environment such as stadium? Of course the tools come to mind such as Andrew Von Nagy’s Capacity Planner and Ekahau Site Survey Pro.

In the initial design, there are different types spaces in stadiums to consider such as bowl, concourse, suites, office space, and event space. The details are discussed in the episode.

Fundamentals are always important. But they are often missed in many deployments. Things such as getting the AP as close to the client as possible, minimizing co-channel contention, transmit power, attenuation, etc. Another consideration, but often difficult to plan for in stadiums, are client devices.

An challenging aspect of stadium Wi-Fi design is AP placement. There are different ways to approach this such as overhead, railing, and underseat. Which one is best for the design and what the pros and cons.

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1 comment
  • Hello There
    With regard to the install of the under seat WLAN equipment.
    What is the general practise?
    To core drill each individual location
    To core drill a ‘selected’ AP location and then cable in conduit to adjacent AP locations (but probably not where the conduit would cross a stair way / patron access path.

    Overall what is thought best – ‘to Drill or not to Drill, every AP location’ that is my question



    PS – Love your work (aka ‘making the complex, simple’ (or at least simpler, so I have a better chance of ‘getting it’))

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