Best Practices For Using Multiple Access Points in a WLAN
Posted on 2007-11-25
I need to setup a WLAN (only for internet access) in a large house with lots of thick walls & doors, and the range of a single access point is poor. Phone points for the dsl router are at either end of the house, one in a bedroom and another in a small alcove with very thick walls.
I'm going to use 3 Devolo wireless adapters in plug sockets along the length of the building to ensure their laptops work in the rooms they need them to (house is single storey barn conversion).
My question is in setting up the ssid and channels for each access point. Is it better to give each ap a different ssid and channel, or to give them all the same ssid and channel? I would like the laptops to just connect to the strongest signal , but am not sure whether multiple ap's should be configured alike or different.
Appreciate your comments. Already have the access points so not looking for an appraisal of best hardware to use, I know these will do the job. It's only for setting up a home wireless internet system, nothing critical or requiring high bandwith.