I hope this question is "Home Improvement" enough. I would like to hardwire/install 1-3 Wifi access points in my home. From my understanding, ceiling mount is best and I got TP-Link EAP610 (which I will power via PoE).
In a single story, square home this task is somewhat trivial: Just take one and place it in the center and call it the day. But reality is more complex. In my case:
- I have two stories
- Not the entire lower floor is covered by the upper floor, only the backside of the house
- Everything else equal, I would like to prefer some spots over others. For example, placing an AP next to the entrance is preferable than on the nice living room ceiling
- As much as possible of the exterior (patio etc) should be covered as well without requiring a dedicated outdoor AP (exterior distances are on the same order as the structure)
- The number of APs for good coverage should be minimized
Here is a plan of the house (annotated rooms, sizes, exterior distances and the red part on the lower level indicated that the upper level is above):
I was planning to place two access points where indicated with the red dots (one on the lower floor, one on the upper), but this is just a random guess.
I can't imagine that there is no structured approach to do this, something that's based on quantitive data/calculations/measurements rather than wild guesses.
- How do I decide how many APs I need?
- How do I decide where to place them?