The "what is the best way to provide business class wifi in a coworking space” question comes up every couple of months. We tackled it and made specific good/ better/ best hardware recommendations on the Coworkaholic blog today. http://cowork.mobi/index.php/2015/09/02/wifi-good-better-best/
If you have other recommendations or coworking IT questions that you’d like us to answer, please chime in.
Nice article, thank you!
From our experience, Ubiquiti works well while you are using it in office mode — I mean providing wi-fi access for 10-20 devices per access point and approx 400 sq ft. — but if you have plans on providing wi-fi for large meeting rooms or conference halls where you will gather 50-100 ppl for lecture for example, Ubiquiti will fail. The only way is to use wireless network controller — we use the one from Cisco — and compatible access points — I think it is the solution mentioned as “enterprise” in the article.
Actually, we covered our whole space of 8700 sq.ft. by one wireless network controller Cisco 2504 and six wireless access points Cisco 3704i and Cisco 2704i. We hosted a lot of events, had up to 400 devices online at once and 0 (zero) minutes of wi-fi downtime for 4 months since our launch. So, one can call it expensive, but it is worth it.