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I want to use about 12 WAPs in an area with many rooms, building has lots of metal and plaster.  I probably know just enough to be dangerous about Wireless.  ;)  I understand that it's recommended to use channels 1,6 & 11 as the other channels have a tendency to bleed.  I was reading about WAPs that overlap being a problem.  I'm going to use the same SSID on all WAPs and they're all on the same subnet.  

Is that OK, if I split up the WAPs and only use those three channels 1,6 & 11 or will that be too much overlapping?  
Is that OK, if some areas can see multiple WAPs available, and some are on the same channel, e.g., 6 & 6.  Seems like it could take me a long time to layout one WAP at a time and try to get really finicky on the distance between the WAPs?

Should I set all the WAPs to use the same speed, e.g., 54Mbps if the signal strength is Excellent with high SNR readings?

How about Cisco's option to use the Throughput function vs. the Broadcast feature?  I'd rather get good throughput and use more WAPs if need be, if that makes sense.

Thanks!
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