How to improve wireless at conferences

Posted on October 12, 2009

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There was a paper produced by Intel that details how conferences can be better at consistent Wi-Fi connections. Joel Spolsky from JoelonSoftware writes:

At the very least, though, a venue should be able to tell you how many access points they actually have (if it’s just one, you’ve got problems), whether they are managed access points or not, whether dedicated ports with higher priority can be provided for the speakers and for journalists that do not share bandwidth with the audience, how many IP addresses the DHCP server can provide, the total number of people that can be online at once, and the amount of bandwidth available to the entire site. If you can’t get good answers to these questions before the conference begins, you have to assume that they’ll be running a single, consumer router connected to a DSL line and that’s about all you get.

If you are a conference organizer and want to offer wireless internet (and you should), you should ask in-depth questions.

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