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Multiple Wireless Access Points

At one site, there are 3 APs.
All 3 APs use the same SSID and wirelss security as well as password phrase.
Channels used are 1, 6 and 11.
I expect that when a laptop user moves from one point to another on the site, there should have been a seamless transition from a connected AP to another one with greater signal strength. Or is this a wrong presumption?
I have noticed that the connection to a particular AP remains persistently for as long as there is a workable signal.
Is there a way to reduce this tolerance or threshold such that the laptop connection automatically changes to a relatively stronger AP regardless.
Thanks, Experts.
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garychu
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garychu
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Darr247Commented:
> Or is this a wrong presumption?
The only way to do seamless roaming is with 802.1x authentication (aka WPA/WPA2 enterprise), not with the PSK type authentication.


> Is there a way to reduce this tolerance or threshold
such that the laptop connection automatically changes
to a relatively stronger AP regardless
Some drivers offer ways to control how roaming happens. It's usually in the Advanced options (Properties of the network adapter from Device Manager, Advanced tab, is one way to get to it)... other cards offer options in the connection manager.
examples of both:
Driver based roaming control
Driver based roaming control
Connection manager roaming control
Connection manager roaming control
And some cards don't offer any way to control when they roam.
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garychuAuthor Commented:
Thank you, Expert.
A very concise and to the point answer.
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