We have two (sometimes three in that area) mobile carts of ~20 MacBooks accessing the network using Cisco Access Points, the model numbers of which I don't have handy at the moment. But we're trying to track down issues with timeouts and access issues to the local network servers as well as web access. It seems right now that the issue is network timeouts on the Macs. I know that the access points are managed through a special wireless controller on the rack, so these aren't the typical small business or SOHO wireless access point hardware.
The users have home directories set up through Active Directory and the Macs are bound to the Active Directory system.
The access issues seem to get better and worse through the course of the day and I'm not the primary troubleshooter on this issue, but I'm the only one that thought maybe SF might have some input on the issue. I'm wondering if the WAPs may be having trouble handling traffic for between 20 and 40 systems simultaneously, or if even at lower numbers of simultaneous connections it's choking bandwidth. I've been assured that these are high quality Cisco access points that should have no trouble handling this kind of traffic.
Any experiences with this? Typical numbers that a WAP should be able to handle before choking?