RADIUS Trouble Laptop Keeps Connecting to Weak Access Point
Posted on 2007-08-07
I'm trying out RADIUS at our company. Currently we use WPA-PSK access points. I have just setup 2 802.1X AP's, lets call them AP1 and AP2. I've also setup Group Policy for Laptops to configure wireless settings for these 2 AP's only. Everything seems ok, the test laptop wireless settings for the APs are applied and it connects using windows credentials.
Here's my question: In Group Policy i set the order of perferred networks. AP1 is the first AP it tries to connect to before AP2. This works fine as long as the 2 networks are no where near each other. The problem is when they are in the same building and in range of each other. The laptop always tries to connect to AP1 even when the signal is weak. I can be in same room of AP2 which is downstairs and 4 rooms away from AP1, but the laptop still connects to AP 1 with a very weak signal. I don't see where I can change this. Is there a setting I can apply to change this?
Second Question: I'm connected to AP1 and I want to connect to AP2 but windows wont let me. Everytime I choose AP2 and "Connect" nothing happens. Windows Wireless Connections will just rehighlight AP1 and say Connected. If i choose AP1 and click "Disconnect" it gives me the prompt if I want to disconnect, I choose Yes, and it just goes back to highlighting AP1 and saying Connected. The only way i seem to disconnect from AP1 is to choose and an AP that isn't setup for 802.1X. I've set myself as a local admin of the laptop but this doesn't help. I want to have the ability to choose which AP to connect to depending on which has a better signal. How can i do this?
I'm sure the problem has something to do with GP. Before I setup GP for laptops, I manually had to configure the setting for these AP's and I was able to jump from any AP we have on site without any problem. With 60+ laptops I wanted to use GP so I don't have to go to each one and manually configure each AP connection setting.
Network info: win2k3, 10 wireless AP. 2 are setup for 802.1x (WPA/TKIP) and 8 are WPA-PSK(TKIP). GP set to so windows controls wireless connections, EAP Type = PEAP. Laptop running XP pro.
Any help is appreciated