My sister works for a non-profit that wants to set up a better wi-fi network in their office. Right now, they are running off a typical home networking wi-fi router, but it isn’t keeping up with their needs. They have about 20 people who need access for their laptops, phones and tablets. I think they are on the second story of a two-story building.
She asked me, the family nerd, for some help, since I’m jobless. They don’t have anyone on staff who knows how to set-up this kind of thing, but one person is willing to “google” her way through it. However, she has other responsibilities and doesn’t really have time to work on it. I don’t feel much more qualified to tackle it, but I would at least understand what’s going on.
I’m think they probably have a basic Cable/DSL business level ISP. I imagine they would need a decent router with a handful of access points, but I haven’t even seen the office. They don’t have any servers. Is this something that I could handle? I’d consider myself an “above-average Joe” in terms of computer knowledge, but I don’t want to take on the job and find myself in over my head. Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to get started?
Good point… I wonder how much I can bill them for an on-call job
Mgalindo13, Thanks for the great list of questions. I think I will go for it. The forums over at Anandtech seem to have lots of posts about this same thing, so I have an idea of what products to look at.