Originally Posted by Deutcha
Have been asked to research the options for fitting Wifi in a seven acre caravan park with seventy holiday homes (statics). There is a connection to broadband in the office, which is just of centre of the plots overall area.
Spoken to the provider and the router and line are not upto the job.
You've not defined what the job is though. If e.g. you just need to provide email access and low traffic websites (e.g. weather, text based news etc). Then a fairly standard 2Mb/s connection can probably handle it. If you might have 70 users all trying to watch stuff on iplayer/youtube/porn sites, download pirate DVDs, use Skype along with 200 smartphones all trying to talk to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, upload their latest holiday snaps/videos and their email programs then you will need a serious connection!
But connection is only half your problem. You then need to share that around a big site which is probably going to call for specialist wifi kit, and then you might need some specialist software/router to let you control who connects, charge them (if you want), get them to accept your t&cs (if necessary), restrict how much of the data each user guzzles etc. In theory you can do all this yourself, but unless you are a serious geek its probably time to call in specialist help.
A stepping stone to the ultimate solution could be to offer wifi only in a restricted area, e.g. in your cafe/bar if you have such a thing. That will be fewer users, who are less likely to be so data intensive, and no real range issue. Your customers still get access albeit not from their tin sheds. If it proves popular then you will know people probably want wifi in their van. if it is not so popular maybe your users are happy to avoid the net when on holiday! As a bonus if it encourages people to use your bar/cafe rather than drink cheap beer/coke in their van all the better!