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Multiple AP with Same SSID... port23 Jun 17th, 06, 11:43 PM #1

Let's say I have two APs in my house configured with the same SSID and Channel, without any form of WDS enabled. The APs are quite far apart and coverage overlaps partially.

AP A in area A, AP B in Area B. Laptop starts of in area A, associating with AP A. Then, laptop moves to Area B which has low AP A signal strength but strong AP B signal.

Question: Would laptops in this case, associate to the nearer AP (AP B), even though AP A is accessible, albeit with weaker signal?


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opt1m4l Jun 17th, 06, 11:49 PM #2
If you are already connected to AP A, IIRC, no it will not connect to AP B
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PiNgPiNg Jun 17th, 06, 11:52 PM #3
the laptop will use a stronger signal i think.
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cflee Jun 18th, 06, 12:14 AM #4
Apparently they will, identical SSID being a primary concern.


In order: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/com...k/net1111.mspx (if you will believe microsoft's windows networking group)
http://searchmobilecomputing.techtar...046018,00.html (warning: requires registration [bugmenot.com])
http://www.drizzle.com/~aboba/IEEE/
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isidore Jun 18th, 06, 12:21 AM #5
will there be a disconnection when it reassociates?
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port23 Jun 18th, 06, 12:35 AM #6
That's a good question; any ideas?
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CyberTron Jun 18th, 06, 01:44 AM #7
Assume both AP are connect to the same network, the notebook will be able to "roam" btw both access points. But do not ya drivers for the notebook lan so that it is not set to lock down to any of the AP mac address.

Eg. both APs are connect to the same network, and say both use different channels. On ya notebook, u can ping to a device in the network, and move around, it should roam from one AP to another AP seemless provided both AP range overlaps, and AP signal will drop to a certain level so that the client will automatically find another nearest AP.
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tensor Jun 18th, 06, 04:07 AM #8
this might help?
http://www.tomsnetworking.com/2004/0...to_wds_bridge/
testing?
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secur0m Jun 18th, 06, 05:09 AM #9
Are you using:

2 APs (which I assume is connected to your network)

or

1 AP connected to a wireless Router (using the AP to extend the range of your router)

or

2 wireless routers (with both functioning as a router)?
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port23 Jun 18th, 06, 08:51 AM #10
I have 2 APs on the same subnet, using the same IP addressing scheme. Another device on the network is doing all the routing and DHCP.
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