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3 - WAP54GX AP's on my LAN... which channels?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Bonthron, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Bonthron

    Bonthron LI Guru Member

    I've setup three of these AP's on my LAN and was going to set them up on channels 1, 6 and 11. Although I thought I read something here earlier this week that I should have them all on the same channel.

    What's best?
  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    If your 3 APs are wired to each other, you are cool. If you want them to WDS link together, wirelessly, you should set them up for WDS, and have all on the same channel.
  3. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    use your 1,6,11 if you want to have seperate ssid's for whatever reason
  4. Bonthron

    Bonthron LI Guru Member

    I want to use the same SSID for all three, they are all wired to my network and I won't be doing WDS. Should I use the same channel then?
  5. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    No, channels 1, 6, 11, and use same SSID. If you use the same channel, your routers will interfere with each other
  6. collen

    collen LI Guru Member

    Nope, if you want to use them for 'roaming' or 'hand over'
    (all same sidd, and take over if 1 signal becomes stronger)

    they should have overlapping channels...
    eg: channel 6,7,8

    or: ch: 6,7,8,9,8,7,6

  7. am_vt

    am_vt LI Guru Member

    Wouldn't either configuration work? That is - 1,6,11 or 6,7,8?

    I learned (reading and experience) that the 6,7,8 configuration can lead to problems with signal interference and the 1,6,11 configuration works.

  8. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Quite correct am_vt. Overlapping channels can (and mostly do) lead to problems.

    If the devices are too close to one another (so close that not any one of the devices have a way stronger signal than the other at any time), one channel will "noise over" the other channel, and you will have no connection to either device, or at least have a lot of errors on the transmissions, and thus a slow link.

    If you have only 1 client roaming among 3 devices with overlapping channels, you'll most likely not notice any slowdowns, as the client mostly talks to one device at a time, and the other 2 devices don't say much, thus not creating much interference.

    If however, you have 2 or more clients, and 1 client is connected to device A (as it sees device A's signal better), another client to device B, etc., and A and B are on overlapping channels within "earshot" from one another, you will see a serious slowdown or disconnects from one or both clients.

    Roaming has nothing to do with the channels used , just with the SSID.

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