Consolidating Wireless Access points

Posted on 2005-04-18
Last Modified: 2010-03-18

I currently have 3 wireless access points, 2 x Cisco Aironets 1200 and a Fortinet Fortigate 60a. When i scan for wireless networks i pick up all 3 access points. Can i consolidate all these into one network?
Question by:ucc
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    Expert Comment

    Yes, you can have multiple AP's on the same network.  However, when you scan for wireless networks, you'll still pick up all 3 AP's.  How do you know they're not all the same network now?  
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    You can give them all the same SSID that way they computer will pick only one Access Point SSID.  (the one with the strongest signal)  you just have to ensure they are on diffrent channels or you will run into trouble.  You should use channels, 1,6,11.  That way there wont be any overlapping.

    Author Comment

    thanks 2hype, thats working fine. I just have 1 more query.

    I've now been told that i need to add 2 more points. What other channels can i use?
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    Accepted Solution

    If the AP are out of reach from one another you could reuse the farthest a channel that is the furthest from the AP.

    A little Reading.

    If you set the next AP to Channel 1 again is it far enough away from the other AP set to Channel 1 that they wont interfere with one another?

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