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Multiple Wireless access points - seamless transition between them?

Hi,

When using multiple wireless access points in a network is it possible to make moving from one access point to another seamless?

We have a user who we rolled out multiple points in his home and he is frustrated that as he moves around with his ipad it drops from one and then back on to another so he has a moment of not connection or say he is watching a video stream there is a break.

Originally the plan was to install a centralised management system, however due to complications in the layout of the home this had to be abandoned.

We ended up providing :
HP M200's

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF05a/12883-12883-1137927-4172284-4172284-4318739.html


Giving what we have, what is the best way to achieve a seamless experience and if that is not possible, what is the best that can be achieved.

Thanks in advance.
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Networking_EnthusiastCommented:
Hello,

  Without a controller seamless roaming may be difficult to achieve. Ensure all AP are at max broadcasting power, have the same SSID's, are in the same subnet, and are not set to auto-channel The info at the following may help to answer your question:

http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/V-Series/v-m200-roaming-without-wds/td-p/2382263

Regards!
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afflik1923Author Commented:
Thanks so far. All SSID's are the same. Although I did suspect Auto channel might be a problem I had not yet tried disabling it.

Also do you know if there is a central controller available that would enable central control of these access points?

Still open to acheiving the best possible.
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Networking_EnthusiastCommented:
Here is a side by side comparison of some of the smaller (and hopefully less expensive) offerings of HP, which should be able to support a household's wireless needs:

http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/products/wireless/HP_A3000G_Wireless_Switch_Series/index.aspx#mod_notes
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Also a good trick is to require a higher than the minimum speed rate. This will cause the ap to hand off the connection before it gets bad. I don't know how to do this on the hp's but it shouldn't be hard to figure out
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afflik1923Author Commented:
Hi,What do you mean by:
"a higher than the minimum speed rate"

thanks
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afflik1923Author Commented:
Also if we do use a centrally managed switch, in the situation where there are two different rack areas will this still work with only one centrally managed switch?

So in this property there are two zones / areas in the home with only one ethernet link between them. Therefore some access points would be able to be able to be directly attached attached to the wireless managed swtich, however other ones would be be attached via another HP POE switch on the other side of the house which has wireless access points attached to it.

Would this still work OK even though some of the AP's are not directly attached (going via another PoE switch) to the central wireless management unit?
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
The lowest speed required for g is normally 1 Mbps. I raise this to over 11. So if it can't get over b speeds it drops the connection. In cisco gear there are check boxes for all the available speeds and you just uncheck anything 11 and below. On most other gear it's a dropfdown with a minimum required speed.
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afflik1923Author Commented:
Thanks for the input. Never tried the last suggestion but in the end had to let client live with it.
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