blackjack17: The school I work at has finally got UFB and so now we are looking at putting wireless through the school so students can access internet through personal devices (tablets, smart phones and laptops). We have four common areas plus an arts and dance area where we would want access to wifi (a total of 6 areas).
We don't need any security as we go through watchdog and we are far enough from any business/homes that they are unlikely to be able to connect (and even if they do the school is not concerned about bandwidth).
I have been told from the IT guy that New Era is quoting $3000 per access point.
My question is couldn't we just put a good quality wireless router in each area ($100-$200) each, it is unlikely that we would have more than 20 students access via an access point at any one time. If this works we could start extending it into some of the classrooms and for the price of one access point from New Era we could have most of the school connected.
$3000 is likely getting you extra distance, security, better management of multiple users on the one device and dont forget warranty then the $200 option
Maybe run a test with one of the $200 access points and see what problems, if any, crop up before rolling out to the whole school
My 2 cents