troubleshooting Question

Setting up multiple access points

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Frosty555Flag for Canada asked on
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For some reason I've always been sketchy on this.

I have a home network, and a variety of equipment to work with. But of course if I need different hardware just tell me. I have:
     Linksys WRT54G 4 port wireless router
     D-Link DI-624 4 port wireless router
     Linksys BEFSR81 8 port wired router

Currently I have my internet connetion going to the 8-port wired router. All the desktops connect to this router as well.

I want to setup a wireless network so that I have two access points, one on the top floor and one on the bottom. I want them to both have the same SSID with the same WPA-P key, so as far as the connecting clients are concerned, it's just one wireless network. The computer should just connect to whichever AP is the strongest.

I've managed to do what is in the attachedp icture. The main router is the DHCP server and all others are not. So I could have a wireless network be part of my main home network. But when I  bring two wireless routers into the equation, I have to assign each one a different SSID, which isn't what I want.

I've seen it done in corporate networks and on campus, but do I need special equipment to have multiple wireless APs? Or can I do it with the hardware I have?

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