Improve company productivity with a Business Account.Sign Up

x
?
Solved

Wifi - When setting up a repeater, should it be set to repeat the same SSID on the same channel? If true, how does a PC decide which AccessPoint to connect to?

Posted on 2008-10-09
4
Medium Priority
?
1,217 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-29
Wifi - When setting up a repeater, should it be set to repeat the same SSID on the same channel?
If true, how does a PC decide which AccessPoint to connect to?
0
Comment
Question by:Cruicky
  • 3
4 Comments
 
LVL 44

Accepted Solution

by:
Darr247 earned 500 total points
ID: 22797724
> When setting up a repeater, should it be set to repeat the same SSID on the same channel?

As far as I know, that's the only choice you have.  In order to talk to the 'parent', the 'child' (repeater) must be on the same channel and using the same SSID and security protocols that the 'parent' uses. I have never seen a ''repeater'' that offers to talk to the client on a different channel or SSID than the parent. Doing so would likely require 2 radios... in that case a bridge would be possible, which would double the bandwidth available over repeater mode.


> If true, how does a PC decide which AccessPoint to connect to?

Typically the repeater will offer a much-stronger signal, and that usually decides. Most 3rd-party connection managers allow you to set the roaming decisions according to different criteria; the windows WZC service does not offer roaming decision options at all.  If the computer is located about halfway in between the repeater and the parent, the decision is normally made based on which is offering a stronger signal (even though it should probably be based on which has the greater signal to noise ratio), and it may spend quite a bit of time each day disconnecting from one and then associating with the other one unless you're using a 3rd-party connection manager with which to force it to connect to a specific AP (e.g. by MAC address).
0
 

Author Comment

by:Cruicky
ID: 23009724
Thank you, I suspected it true but wanted to be certain, it was the only thing that made sense.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Cruicky
ID: 23009735
Thank you
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Cruicky
ID: 31504624
Thankyou Darr247
0

Featured Post

NEW Internet Security Report Now Available!

WatchGuard’s Threat Lab is a group of dedicated threat researchers committed to helping you stay ahead of the bad guys by providing in-depth analysis of the top security threats to your network.  Check out this quarters report on the threats that shook the industry in Q4 2017.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

This article describes how to perform a hard reset on your router. Usually this is most-useful on wireless routers, but the same concept applies to nearly all home/SOHO routers. This process will return the router to factory defaults, so record your…
I have had so many issues with my Vodafone 3G card (Novatel Merlin u630, provided by French carrier SFR) on Windows XP laptops that I thought I would create an help page for other users (I solved the issues). First issue, with my IBM/Lenovo lapto…
If you are looking for an automated solution for backup single or multiple Office 365 user mailboxes to Outlook data file, then you can use Kernel Office 365 Backup & Restore tool. Go through the video to check out the steps to backup single or mult…
Through the video, you can check the migration process of Outlook PST file to PDF. Kernel for Outlook to PDF tool can convert Outlook emails with all attributes like Subject, To, From, Cc, Bcc and other folders such as Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, Jun…

595 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question