BTW the antennas are SkyPilots.

Thanks,
Ugo

Ugo Bellavance wrote:
> Hi everyone
> 
> We are using a pfsense firewall to protect some kind of WiFi campus.
> 
> Here is the current setup:
> 
> 
> Building 1 [PfSense -> Netgear switch -> WiFi Antenna (1)] -> RF -> 
> Building 2 [WiFi Antenna -> Netgear switch -> Client computers].  We 
> have a few buildings that are all connected to the central antenna in 
> Building 1.
> 
> We are currently using vlans because we have VoIP services going through 
> this and different kind of users.  Everything is working OK as of now. 
> However, the max bandwidth of one WiFi link like that is about 10 mbps. 
>   To increase the total bandwidth, we want to add another antenna in 
> Building 1.  We though of 2 ways to achieve what we want... Trunking 
> (EtherChannel) of another vlan.  We also tought of just trying to just 
> connect the extra antenna and see how it goes, but we were worried of 
> forming a loop.
> 
> We found out that there are pros and cons to each approach:
> 
> Trunking (EtherChannel):
> 
> Pros:
> -> Probably the best fit for that purpose
> -> No other change to the architecture
> -> "Intelligent" load balancing between the two WiFi links
> 
> Cons:
> -> We are not sure if the switch will be able to manage that correctly, 
> since it goes through the air.
> -> Must cause downtime for all end-users
> 
> Extra Vlan
> 
> Pros:
> -> We can prepare our setup in parallel, minimizing downtime, 0 downtime 
> even possible
> 
> Cons:
> -> Many changes to the current setup
> -> Duplication of config
> -> Since our DHCP server is not on PFsense, we would have to put it on 
> PFsense or on the other vlan.
> 
> Anyone has been in a similar situation?  All input would be appreciated.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Ugo
> 
> 
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