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Mutilpe Access Points Linksys Cisco WAP4410n Setup help

Hello, need some advice on setting up Wireless for around 20 Laptops in my office.

My office consists of 3 Floors.  Our requirement is for a user to be able to browse the web on any floor without loosing an internet connection anyhwere.

Our entire offie including stairways have netwrok ports, so all our our Access Points will be physically plugged into the network, no repeaters will be needed.

We already have the backend ready to go, Internet Line, Sonicwall Firewall with dhcp etc etc.

We have purchased around 12 Linksys WAP 4410n Access Points, its a major over kill for our office but we will also be using the remaining ones at other offices so its not a problem if there are any spare.

So, to start off each unit will be setup with a IP address like 192.168.10.10 / 11 /12 and so.

Then I am to setup the SSID, lets say we call it WIFI, i setup the SSID exactly the same on every unit, then patch the units into the network switch.

Is the above correct ?

Does each unit need to have the same channel set or different channel.

The systems support something call WDS, but i have not idea if i should use this or not :
here is a quick link on the WDS
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10047/products_qanda_item09186a0080a3916b.shtml

Is there a limitation to how many Access Points i can connect to each other for roaming latops.

Its my first every large wireless setup so any advice would help, i maybe doing it tottally wrong ????

Thanks

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roger_patel
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astrochimpCommented:
Let me answer the two most important questions first. I'll let someone else handle all the details.

First, you do set the SSID to the same thing on all AP's and you also configure all of the security settings to the same thing.

Second, if you use 802.11g, you will need to use channels 1, 6, and 11 for your AP's. Make sure that you design the layout of these AP's such that they're not too close to each other, especially if you're dealing with a channel 1 AP and a channel 6 AP or a channel 6 AP and a channel 11 AP. If can put 2 AP's which are on channels 1 and 11 respectively next to each other.

12 AP's is a huge overkill here. In this case, more is not better as all AP's will complete in the same spectrum.

A simple design to do if you don't want to do a wireless survey is to put 2 AP's on channels 1 and 11 next to each other in the middle of the first and third floors and a single AP on channel 6 on the second floor.
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