Multiple Wi-Fi Access Points - what SSID

Posted on 2012-09-05
Last Modified: 2012-09-05
Hello Experts - When deploying multiple Wi-Fi access points in the same office, what do you recommend the SSID be set to?  Should each access point have a unique SSID (like Office1, Office2, etc.) or can I make all the SSIDs the same?

The hardware is low cost $100 access points, nothing fancy.

Question by:John_Auskelis
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    I normally set them up with the same SSID, but different operating channels to prevent interference between AP's...

    This way, people don't have to reconfigure devices when roaming thru the workspace!

    They just connect to the strongest AP, and with the same SSID and security settings it is transparent to them.
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    Same SSID, and same setup (ie security / password etc).
    Put them on different channels (and use ones that do not interfere like 1, 6 and 11)
    As long as they are on the same network, same IP subnet and access the same DHCP box etc you should pass seemlessly between them
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    I set different SSID to my wireless access points for easy identification but you can set one SSID for all of them but make sure to configure them  in a different channel.

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    Thanks everyone, a single SSID it is.

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