Configuring multiple wireless access points

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Martin Underwood, Aug 10, 2005.

  1. A customer of mine has had Cat 5 cable installed in his house and intendes
    to connect one AP to the cable upstairs and another AP to the cable
    downstairs: presumably he has chosen more that one AP to guarantee coverage
    in a large house. I don't know what make/model of AP he has chosen. He did
    all this before he called me in.

    My main remit is to advise on broadband ISP and router, but he may want me
    to set up the APs as well.

    Can I check that the common advice that I've read is the best way of doing
    it: to give both APs the same SSID and WPA key but to give them different
    wireless channels? Assuming it's Wireless G, what's the minimum channel
    spacing that I need to observe? How does a laptop's wireless adaptor react
    if it sees two signals of roughly equal strength: is there ever a cae where
    it starts hopping back and forth between the two APs' signals with some
    incoming packets being requested via one AP and some via the other. Or does
    all this happen invisibly within the user needing to worry abut it?
    Martin Underwood, Aug 10, 2005
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  2. Martin Underwood

    Conor Guest

    Good luck.
    Conor, Aug 11, 2005
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  3. It isn't good idea, you need keep channel separation. Of course it could
    work but with very bad SNR and quality will be very bad.
    The best thing is to do roaming with two CISCO AP, it happens at 3rd
    Layer even computer will be moving frome AP1 area to AP2 area sesion
    will be keep.

    Best Regards
    Marcin Gaszewski
    Marcin Gaszewski, Aug 13, 2005
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