Low-cost wireless mesh for SMB

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I'm looking for detailed information on how to set up a reliable "mesh" network of WiFi access points to allow users to roam freely around an office that is larger than a single wireless access point to serve. The concept is that users only need to authenticate once and will automatically pick up the strongest WiFi signal to seamlessly move around the office.

Is this possible with commonly available consumer grade hardware from Linksys, D-Link etc.? If so, please provide specific hardware and software configurations (open to alternative firmware solutions if required).

Hoping to be able to do this for under $500.

Thank you!
Question by:AndrewJen
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    I would think as long as each access point uses the same SSID, Keyphases, and stagger the channels, it should work. Put each AP on a different channel such as, one on 1, another on channel 6, another on channel 11.
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    Author Comment

    Do they have to be the same brand?
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    Nope, they do not have to be. It would be easier though with same brands/models, since they will have similar settings.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks, I will try this!

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