Seamless Wireless Connectivity Throughout the House?
Posted on 2014-01-01
It's been a long time since I've set up a wireless network at my home...I'm currently on Wireless G, with several access points scattered throughout the house, and am making the leap to Gigabit wired with Wireless N and ACdraft.
I'm moving (upgrading) to a Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC 1750 router. The wireless signal from the router doesn't reach the whole house. I would like to obtain additional access points and connect them to available ethernet ports in the far reaches of the house.
Back in the day, we had to be careful to set the various access points to different channels and different SSIDs so they didn't interfere with one another. I understand things have changed since then.
It makes me feel old.
What is the current best practice for setting things up so that when my family members wander around the house with an iPad or laptop, they will automatically find themselves connected at all times to the nearest access point with the strongest signal? Should all the APs be set to the same SSID and same channel? Same SSIDs but different channels? Same channel but different SSIDs? (This last seems VERY unlikely).
Is there anything else I need to be careful to set, or watch out for?
Any particular brand/model of access point you would recommend to work seamlessly with the Buffalo router mentioned above so that handoffs between the access points and the router will be smooth? We have some devices that are capable of Wireless N, and others that are limited to Wireless G.