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Max concurrent user per a wifi AP in a real system?


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Could anyone tell me how maximum concurrent users can access and connect internet per a wifi AP (e.g AP 3805) in a real system (not in the datasheet, where the number is in ideal conditions) and if possible, show me about all of AP series.

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It really depends on the environment. Signal to noise ratio, types of clients, interference, QoS settings, what you are trying to accomplish. That being said, I feel like 60 people per AP is pushing it, but we often have 60 people on an AP and all is working. We have a mix of 3710, 3805, 3825, 3935.
Jeremy Gibbs wrote:

It really depends on the environment. Signal to noise ratio, types of clients, interference, QoS settings, what you are trying to accomplish. That being said, I feel like 60 people per AP is pushing it, but we often have 60 people on an AP and all is working. We have a mix of 3710, 3805, 3825, 3935.

Obviously, an AP like the 3935 handles 60 clients better than a 3710. But we still have a few 3710's in busy areas, and if the AP doesn't randomly reboot, it will keep over 100 users connected. We are working to add APs in those areas and put them in a load group.
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Jeremy Gibbs wrote:

It really depends on the environment. Signal to noise ratio, types of clients, interference, QoS settings, what you are trying to accomplish. That being said, I feel like 60 people per AP is pushing it, but we often have 60 people on an AP and all is working. We have a mix of 3710, 3805, 3825, 3935.

Hi Jeremy Gibbs,

Thank you very much, your answer is very clear.

But with higher series, does it has more clients than lower series in the same conditions?
Jeremy Gibbs wrote:

It really depends on the environment. Signal to noise ratio, types of clients, interference, QoS settings, what you are trying to accomplish. That being said, I feel like 60 people per AP is pushing it, but we often have 60 people on an AP and all is working. We have a mix of 3710, 3805, 3825, 3935.

The better APs will better handle more clients. With AC wave 2, that will become more and more true.
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I have customer with over 120 clients connected to one radio of the AP3805i. These clients are barcode readers = not much traffic but it works well. As stated above the type of clients is also very important = with 11b clients you will consume the RF much quicker compared to 11n or 11ac clients.
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We have 3610 and 3605 APs at our schools and I have seen over 100 users connected, but when we get over 30 users, we start getting calls about slow internet.

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