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Hello

Because I simply can and am interested in its feasibility, I want to make a wireless router that can support between 50-100 users for a LAN party. The reason why I want to do this is just technolust. I know that a normal home-grade wireless router can really only support around 15 simultaneous users, depending on usage, protocols, and open connections.

I have been learning a lot about many different Linux-based, x86 router distributions/embedded operating systems, such as PFSense and Untangle, but nothing for a wireless support. Recently i've been reading about Voyage Linux and Pyramid Linux, but there simply aren't that many users/documentation explaining its use. I refuse to use DD-WRT x86... Brainslayer is an idiot for turning dd-wrt into a money-making scheme being that a "license" is required to use the x86, open-source software. I also don't know if it will scale well.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, I'd be happy to read them. The feasibility is probably pretty low-- i'm not sure if having 50+ active 802.11a/g/n connections in one room is manageable... that's a lot of packets flying through the air.
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Yeah, I don't think a single access point would be a good idea. It may be doable, but the cons would be lots of dropped info, so for a LAN party, not a good idea. Your best bet is to use multiple wireless routers on channels spread as far apart as possible and even then, wireless for LANs...
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Afaik APs are similar to hubs = shared bandwidth.. You wont want one AP. Ever attempt to connect to the wireless network in an airport? I really only have experience with linksys routers but I know that they have channels 1-11. They are separated by ~40MHz I think.. Meaning 11channels.. Channel one should not interfere with 6 and 6 should not interfere with 11 so if you had three APs all on diff channels that would help a lot (dividing work load three ways) because like I said, APs are similar to hubs. (Also if you dont have 2.4GHz phones-/+ a microwave that would be good, they --phones-- constantly scan the 2.4GHz range for best channels).


Can't help ya out software wise =(
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