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Configure multiple WAPs

My house it too large for a WAP on one end to cover the whole house and I can't move it to the middle, but I do have an ethernet wire in the wall that goes to the other end.  Right now I have the two access points on separate SSIDs but the transmission from AP to AP is not smooth.  Can you recommend a good model of access point?  I know they need to have the same SSID, same keys, unique IPs, and unique channels - but are there any other settings that need to be done to make it work?
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ISoulCommented:
Settings-wise, that's about all you need to do.
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r_naren22atyahooCommented:
Better way..


AP1------Cat5Cable-------------AP2
cat5 cable is connected to the LAN port.
AP2 is in repeter mode
DHCP is OFF.

Same SSID
Same Keys
Unique IP address
Different Channels(this because there is some area where u will recieve signals from 2 access points and will have difficulties for signal reciptions,
if you use different channels you wont have this problem)

by this single profile will work for 2 access points without any interuption

regards
naren
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SkipFireAuthor Commented:
How about suggestions on hardware?  I tried setting it up with 2 Linksys devices but it did not work.  Once I had them on the same SSID and different channels I was unable to connect to either.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
" I tried setting it up with 2 Linksys devices but it did not work.  Once I had them on the same SSID and different channels I was unable to connect to either."

Two linksys routers are FINE for any house shorter than 2500 feet long, and I doubt your house is this long.

I think you have a config problem in the routers, linksys are GREAT routers, now made by Cisco, the tops.

You need to set only ONE ROUTER to give out DHCP.  If both are trying to do that, this is your problem.  Set router 1 to give DHCP, then set the other router to GET an IP via DHCP from the first router.  NOW your 2 routers are talking.  Only ONE can give DHCP, the rest get it, including the computers, from the 1st router.

When you set this up right, these two linksys routers will work together as good as the best of them.
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fuzzysbCommented:
You need to ensure that in the specs of your WAP that it supports WDS (Wireless Distribution System) i personally would look at the ASUS WL series routers/AP they are cheap and run Linux and can be hacked to host USB Drives & Print Server

All you need to do is set same channel, SSID and Key on both AP's but on the AP that doesn't have a ethernet wire connected, you need to specify the Mac address of the Wired AP as the connection point.

i personally have never got WAPs working for seamless switchover when both are physically connected to the ethernet network as there is no linkage between the two.
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makanaCommented:
Linksys?
you want cheaper ones?
Anything works good.
but good brands have good support.
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SkipFireAuthor Commented:
I never said I wanted cheap.  I want good.
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r_naren22atyahooCommented:
After going throught the link i gave you, do you still have the problem to configure the Multiple WAPs????
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SkipFireAuthor Commented:
Yeah, although I think the problem may be one of my routers.  I have one of the older 11MB router/WAP and a 54MB router/WAP, if I connect with the 54MB router I can get out and get to most stuff on the network, but not everything.  If I connect with the 11MB I can get to everything in and out, so I think the 54MB may be a bit screwy.  I'm just going to dump them both and pick up 2 identical WAPs (preferably without routing).
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r_naren22atyahooCommented:
There is not need to dump the 54MB router, just replace the 11MB one
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r_naren22atyahooCommented:
the reason is if you have 11BM router working with 54MB router
the 54MB router speed and performance drops!
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SkipFireAuthor Commented:
The 54MB one is the one having issues when they are on separate SSIDs.
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r_naren22atyahooCommented:
If you have configured the Routers with the same SSID, then you should not have any problem.
If your SSIDs are different then you may have issues if the 2 routers connected wirelessly!

Try with same SSIDs
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SkipFireAuthor Commented:
There won't be issues with them having different SSIDs, you just specifically connect to only 1 of them and don't automatically switch to the other.  If they are on the same SSID things are even worse.
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r_naren22atyahooCommented:
You wont have problems, because 1 is 802.b router and other is 802.g router.

If you have same routers then i preffer to have different channels and same SSID.
anyways. Try with same SSID, and check the results.

regards
naren
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SkipFireAuthor Commented:
I already said if they are on the same SSID things get worse, I do have problems, and this is something I have tried and know does not work.
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