I'm regularly hosting gaming events for medium-sized groups of 50-100 people. So far, players typically used personal hotspots to connect to the Internet. However, I would like to fix this with an AirPort Extreme setup. Before I purchase the equipment, I would like to answer some questions.
The target setup consists of two AirPort Extremes wired together to create a giant WiFi.
Do the two AirPorts create a shared subnet where every client can see each other?
- If yes, what's the maximum size of that subnet? Is it just a 192.168.0.x one with 255 max-clients, or can you go bigger?
If people move from one AirPort to the other one, will they keep the same local IP?
Does AirPort Extreme support UDP broadcasting?
- If yes, do these UDP broadcasts work between the AirPorts as well? i.e. if one client is connected through the first AirPort, and the other client is connected through the second AirPort, will they see mutual UDP broadcasts?
Each AirPort Extreme is advertised to handle up to 50 clients. Does this mean that I have to place the routers in a way that roughly halve of my people are in range of the first AirPort and the other halve is closer to the second one? Or will the connections automatically be balanced between AirPorts?