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Mulitple Cisco WAP2000 in Office

Posted on 2011-09-12
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I have a question to ask about setting up some access points in an office.

I purchased some Cisco WAP2000’s and I want to broadcast the same SSID throughout the building. Do I simple just setup the access points all with the same SSID on different channels like 1, 3, and 5 or is there a better way to do this.
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With stand-alone access points without a controller, obviously no handover is possible, so you probably better not use WLAN for mobile VoIP phones. Apart from that, don't just pick the channels arbitrarily,
As far as channels go, please note that only three channels are going to work with each other without overlapping, so go 1, 7 and 13 ... also, when placing the APs, you should at least check to use the channel with the least reception on the channel you'll use ... (e.g., using "Wifi Analyzer" on Android for starters).
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Just a quick mention that some equipment does not support Channels 12, 13 (like my Toshiba notebook for example).  I would suggest staying to channels 1 - 11 range (1, 6 and 11 for example) to avoid any incompatibility.

Same SSID is fine.

Also, using the wifi program on a smartphone as Garry-G suggests is a good idea to see if there is a lot of  WiFi traffic already in your area.
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yup, channels depend on the national standard you have to adhere to ... was going based on German/Europe range ...
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Ok that's that I though guys, I am used to bigger setups with a controller and I just wanted to make sure that this would work. I will use a fluke wifi analyzer to make sure that there is not interference.
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