We initially started using our Balance One core with 50/60 “clients” in mind. After 3/4 years of usage, our network grew up a bit.
We have now on the physical network:
- 3 servers
- 1 PBX
- 8 switches
- 18 access points
- 2 wireless bridges
- 50 smartphones
- 45 computers
- 8 printers
- 34 students guest devices
To the scenario above, we will add 80 Chromebooks and we will remove from the network students devices. A final total of 210 devices
Actually a lot of these devices are only using local network with no traffic to WAN (think about all the switches, access points, printers and servers), however as for the VLANs there might be quite internal traffic routed by the Balance One.
Let’s say that the potential number of clients accessing the Internet could be up to 180 devices, although not all devices will be accessing the Internet at the same time.
Basically I have never experienced a high CPU usage on the Balance One ( it always runs between 10%/20%), but I want to ensure that both local routing and WAN routing quality is not affected by the number of “clients”.
How can I ensure this?
What symptoms should be taken in account to proof that router is suffering? Jitter, packet loss, high CPU? Any upgrade required? Suggestions?