Microsoft's TechEd Australia is one of the largest conferences held in Australia. With over 3200 people involved, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is one of a small number of venues capable of housing the event.
6954m of Ethernet cable has been installed at the Centre to support TechEd, with Gigabit Ethernet available in most of the rooms used - presenter traffic is isolated to ensure satisfactory performance.
Network infrastructure includes 86 switches (a mix of Cisco and HP ProCurve) and 50 permanently installed Cisco wireless access points.
Jeff Alexander, technology evangelist at Microsoft Australia, explained that TechEd uses an open wireless network to keep things simple for attendees, but event staff monitor activity to ensure people are doing the right thing.
For example, one rogue DHCP server did appear but was quickly removed, and 56 peer-to-peer modes were detected during the keynote - most of them were shut down in response to a tweet.