Multiple Access Point Setup

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by zavar, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. zavar

    zavar Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi All,

    I'm trying to expand the coverage in my house and ideally would like to setup my router (RT-N16) and access point (Buffalo WHR-G54-HP) to use the same SSID. The RT-N16 is capable of wireless N, whereas the older Buffalo can only handle wireless G. Are there any issues setting these up using the same SSID as a mixed N/G configuration, or will I need to set the RT-N16 to only do wireless G?

    Any comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    If any clients are set to n only then it will be a problem. Devices usually won't roam unless a signal is totally dropped. Some devices don't roam at all (some home automation devices, for example). Also, if a g client is broadcasting then your n client's throughput will suffer.

    It should work, but it may take some fiddling before you're happy.
  3. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    For simplicity and minimum headaches, I would set all devices to G only. I tried to have a mixed speed network and sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. It really comes down to the device being used. By making it all one standard, most devices will move from AP to AP without a hiccup or even a stutter in the video.
  4. zavar

    zavar Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks Marcel & Mercjoe. I really want to have the N-Speeds available to some devices, so I don't want to limit the RT-N16 to Wireless G. Looks like I'll set up each device with a separate SSID. It would have been ideal if I could have created a virtual "G" wifi on the RT-N16, while also keeping a separate N one, but I guess the radios don't allow that.

    Thanks again for all of your help!
  5. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Unless you are doing device to device transfers, the N 'speed' will not be noticeable UNLESS your internet speed is as fast as the N speed you are using. Basically. you are limited by the lowest common denominator.

    That blazing fast wireless speed is only as fast as the supply that feeds it.
  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    You will roam correctly only if the different AP's have the same SSID. If they are different, then your device has to effectively log in again to obtain an IP from what it sees as a different network. However, in practice this can happen so quickly that the difference is slight. But you should use the same SSID as if you get assigned a different IP then the session will of course die...

    You can set up one AP to serve at N speeds and another to serve G only if you wish, but take note of what others said above. Your N AP is also quite likely to jam your G AP unless you are careful.

    Whether or not devices will roam in the way you expected or not depends on the supplier of the wireless client. Some will pick up the weakest signal and refuse to move from it, others will choose the highest strength.
  7. zavar

    zavar Networkin' Nut Member

    Mercjoe & Toastman - Thanks for the input, very good points. My internet is definitely not fast enough to warrant wireless N speeds. However I do have a home server that I'd like to have fast access to for specific devices (just the family laptops). I'll have to go back and test with the wireless G and see if it's quick enough for the day-to-day needs. If not, I'll likely have to bite the bullet and get another N router for an access point instead of trying to continue to use my old Buffalo G one.
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