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Hi

I am about to set up a wireless network with the following:

Draytek Vigor 2850N wirless router
Cisco AIR-AP1231G-E-K9 1230 Access Point x 2

The reason for this setup is that the signal from the Draytek is not accessible (due to thickness of the walls) from other parts of the house.

Is it possible to set the system up so that a person who initially is logged on to say the Draytek wireless signal when moving to another part of the house (let us say he/she is using an iPad) does not have to log into one of the Cisco wireless networks but is simply connected to it?

Hope this makes sense.

Thanks.

Michael
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If the signal is blocked by the wall if the user moves away from where they can get a good signal, they will not be able to stay connected to the Draytek.
I don't know about the Draytek, but there are wireless mesh networks that allow this sort of behavior. There are also wireless networks that allow for a lot of control as to who can connect to them and track them where ever they are in the building.
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If you have the access points set-up to project the Wireless from the Draytek technically you will be connected to the Draytek via the access points.
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Thanks for the reply tpitch.  Away for the next three days but will have a look on Monday and see if your solution does what I need.
The same SSID will work. I have done that also.
There are much more sophisticated wireless management tools available. That was my point. Some of them can be integrated into your firewall as well, to allow more control.
Thanks SStory I dont need anything sophisticated just something that works. I am talking about my wife and I being able to use the wireless network where ever we are in the house as do so much online.  That is why I said it was a home and has little requirement for sophisticated set up.

Is actually a small house (90m2) (in the middle of nowhere and does not really have to be a secure network though I have basic WPA security on it) but with very thick walls. Eg computer 4 metres from WAP through 30 cms breaze blcok floor and wall 60 cms thick will not pick up signal but come the other side of the wall and signal is full strength.

Thanks.
If you can connect the APs to the Draytek with cat5e, just give them the same SSID and passphrase, disable their DHCP servers and let the Draytek handle the IPs.

As others have said, when you switch between them (roaming) there will be a disconnection of 20 to 30  seconds unless you also install a RADIUS server and switch to WPA-enterprise authentication instead of PSK. Which is not worth the added cost for most people in a home environment.
I don't think the aironet 1200 series does dhcp so nothing to worry about here. I'm sure you want to use your Cisco aps, I sure would. But check out the tp link tp-wr700n. It can work as a repeater. Pretty cool little device and is only about $20 usd
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sorry not to have reported back just very busy.  Cisco APs is already connected to the Draytek router via Cat5.  Will be trying out soon.

Thanks for all the help.