Small non-profit project: Provide Wi-Fi for a 650 people LANparty. Relatively low traffic as this thing is only there for some e-mail and light browsing, but the Cisco hardware we'd used in previous years was starting to show its age (802.11a/g only). To replace it, we started by taking inventory of the available UniFi hardware (stuff that everyone could bring privately) and ended up with this:
1x UAP gen1
With those, we used the ability to place virtual APs on a map in the controller and devised the following deployment plan to cover as much area as possible while also trying to handle the higher density of the main hall:
We put one AC-Pro in the low foot-traffic entrance area (only gets busy at the start and end of the event):
and then used the rest of the APs a floor up to cover the main hall, and the area in front of it:
From top left to bottom: AC-Pro to cover our 'Anki Overdrive' track (part of our fun park), AC-Pro to cover the bar and sitting area, AC-Pro to cover the northern part of the hall with about 200 players, AC-SHD and AC-HD to cover the rest of the main hall (450 players) plus the stage where the organisers sit, and finally, the old UAP-gen1 backstage, covering part of where we sleep. (The above is actually the 5G coverage map but due to a cosmetic controller bug, the 2G coverage of the gen1 was not removed.)
Since the standard mounts are not well suited for temporary installation or hanging off the truss, we built our own support platforms:
The SHD came in particularly handy as we could use AirTime and AirView to check on the RF status, and quickly deduce that our initial plan to do balanced bandsteering would be tricky as the 2G band was filled with noise!
(We actually asked the location guys and they confirmed that their Wi-Fi has 2G trouble all the time as well.)
As a result, we set the APs to 'Prefer 5G' instead, which worked admirably:
(If you're wondering why we are doing 1 5 9 11: 6 had interference on it, and when we switched to 1 5 8 11, 8 was completely unusable with the respective AP complaining about 99% interference blocking the channel.)
Limited Internet connectivity made our Wi-Fi provided access relatively slow, causing most guests to prefer staying with their 3G/4G connections, but we still served some clients:
(I kept walking around during the party to run speed-tests towards a local endpoint and the UniFi controller and never had less than 100Mbps both up and down on the 5G band.)
We had a few little hiccups with testing-stage firmware (some APs started rebooting, and some others stopped doing bandsteering temporarily until restarted) but overall the whole installation performed wonderfully and the AP reboots went completely unnoticed as clients roamed over to the next AP.
Finally, some miscellaneous photos from the dashboard and the event itself: