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Multiple Access Points

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Mercenary, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. Mercenary

    Mercenary Network Guru Member

    I plan to stick an access point on each floor of my office, it will be wireed into the network.

    When doing this I take It I just set the SSID of each to be the same with the same security settings.

    What about channel? Does each one need to be on a seperate channel or the same?

    Many Thanks
  2. Janpaul

    Janpaul Network Guru Member

    All AP's has to work on the same channel and the AP'S must be running in the repeater mode.
  3. Mercenary

    Mercenary Network Guru Member

    repeater mode? is that true even though they are all connected to the same lan directly i.e not a bridged network/
  4. Janpaul

    Janpaul Network Guru Member

    If the AP's are in the normal access point mode, the clients have to reconnect if they "walk" trough the building. If an access point is in the repeater mode the clients are automaticly using the access point that is most nearby. The bridge mode is used as een wireless bridge.
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If they are on the same channel, and the access points can pick up each others signals they will stop transmitting, in that case use different channels. The channels with the minimum overalp are at least five channels appart. There are really no non-overlapping channels in the 802.11B specification, but being a sufficient number of channels apart, the signal drops down to an level where there is minimum interference.
  6. Mercenary

    Mercenary Network Guru Member

    Hmm, I was confused. Ive got here a couple of WAP55AG's v2 and they have nothing but the basics, no bridge, no repeater mode, no nothing.

    Do the WAP54G's have a repeater mode?
  7. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Short answer to your original question: Put each AP on a different channel.

    Also you really should try to stick to channels 1, 6, or 11

    The WAP54G does support repeating but since you'll be hard wiring all your AP's to the network you don't need repeating support. As long as all your AP's have the same SSID & Security settings your wireless clients will be able to transparently roam between them.

    BTW, howardp6's post was accurate, just more info than you probably needed. For some pics that should help make the channel overlap issue easier to understand see here

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