Better wireless coverage
Posted on 2012-04-05
Hi all, I've been running for a few years now with a single 3Com 7760 access point. It has served us well but it's having issues covering the office now that we have more devices over a larger area. My office is almost a U-shape, with the AP in the central corridor.
I've tried an antenna booster, but it seems to have little or no effect at the outer reaches of the office. At this point, i think my only solution is to have 2 AP's, one on each side of the office (at about 1/3 & 2/3rds).
Without a WIFI central controller, is there any AP that would properly handoff the signal from one antenna to the next?
With 2 separate AP's broadcasting the same SSID, will a roaming device switch AP's early, or will it hang on to the original signal until it's almost dead, and then switch to the closer antenna?
At this point, I'm considering either an off the shelf Cisco/Linksys wifi router for $100, or going to an enterprise level Cisco Aironet 1040 series or equivalent.
Opinions ? Thanks!!