I'm looking for advice on how to implement our office Wifi network. If possible we'd like to have cloud managed tools and also minimize costs.
Mainly we want to be able to easily manage and troubleshoot the network while keeping costs down. We are currently using Meraki access points with the cloud controller. This works well for us since it is very easy to setup and use. The cloud controller also provides a lot of functionality and very detailed network information on users and devices. The main issue with their service is the high cost.
- 60-90 Users
- Users are densely located over 2 floors
- Almost all users connect over wifi
- Moderate-heavy internet use
- Streaming video, online backups and syncing, local file transfers
Currently we have 3 Meraki AP (1 of the 1st floor, 2 on the 5th floor). Although the price is a bit high, this setup has been working adequately for us. All Merakis and wired users connect to either a 1gbit or 100mbit switch.
I've tried researching the issue myself and one that caught my eye was 'Open Mesh', however I'm not sure about the quality of their service or products.
The final solution does not have to be cloud based. We are just looking for a good set of access points/routers that will maximize speed, allow us to easily view the data going across the network, as well as keep costs down.