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Setup Wireless in Big Office Space

We have a large long office that needs wireless.  We put a very powerful router in the middle of the office but we have a weak signal at both ends of the office.  I would like to setup two devices (one for each side) but dont want two different wireless networks.  People carry their laptops to both sides and dont want to keep changing the wireless network depending on the side they are on.  How can I setup multiple devices but only have one Wireless SSID.
Thanks!
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jborenstein
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Christopher Raymond MendozaCommented:
Yoiu can use the same SSIDs for multiple access points, just make sure they use different channels.
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gwickertCommented:
See if your access points support WDS (Wireless Distribution System).

You can basically setup the access points to talk to eachother and share the SSID/channel, that way you get true roaming between APs.

Heres a wikipedia link to help explain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_distribution_system

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maximus5328Commented:
just set up multiple wireless routers with the identical SSID, password and security type (channel does not matter).
they need to be connected to each other via LAN ports.
WDS can be used only in case you can not run an Ethernet cable between them.
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jborensteinAuthor Commented:
maximus5328:
How does it choose which wireless network to use between the stronger one or the weeker one?

Lastly, Do I put an Ethernet Cable between them through the LAN ports and nothing throught the WAN ports?  I know you said but want to make sure.
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maximus5328Commented:
The client chooses the stronger signal.
Both wireless routers need to be connected using LAN ports either to your network independently or one of them connected to your network and the other connected to the first one (also only using LAN ports).
Make sure to disable DHCP server on both.
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jborensteinAuthor Commented:
The whole idea is we don't want the client to worry about switching the wireless back and forth depending where they are in the office.  I want one wireless network with multiple devices to cover the distance of the full office.  Thanks for the input.
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maximus5328Commented:
By "client" I meant a client device (computer or smart phone or your watch, if it connects to your WiFi network).
What did you mean by "it" when you said "How does it choose..."?
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jborensteinAuthor Commented:
I thought you meant the person (or client) has to manually click on the wireless settings and change it depending on which wireless device is stronger.  Are you saying the client device (computer, tablet, etc.) will automatically pick depending on which wireless router is closer/stronger?
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maximus5328Commented:
That's right, I meant the client in the client-server model. It will automatically pick and switch to the better signal.
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