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Broadcast Same Wifi Network over at least 2 routers/APs

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I want to broadcast the same WIFI Network over 2 Routers/APs.    It would be great if it was seemless to the average user. I can have a direct connection for each of the APs, It would be great to not have to set them up as repeaters which loose internet signal strength over distance if I am not mistaken.  

Any suggestions on how to accomplish this?
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If you set them up with the same SSID, but different channels, most clients will connect to whichever AP has the stronger signal.  However, when it comes to roaming between the APs (say when a laptop moves around), then it's often a matter of how well the client does this.  That can depend on the adapter type and driver, and sometimes you adjust how easily it roams by going to the properties of the adapter under Device Manager (at least for Windows).  Some clients however are "sticky" in that they don't like to give up the current connection even when a stronger one is present.  Some enterprise wireless controllers can help with that, but it's not a sure thing as far as I know.
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Thanks, Just out of curiosity, why different channels?  What would happen if I used the same channel on both?
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Also, What channels should I use?
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You use different channels to avoid one interfering with the other.

If you're in the 2.4 GHz band, then it's recommended to use channels 1, 6, and 11, as they are non-overlapping and won't interfere with each other.  You can use a program like InSSIDer to show you which wireless channels are being used in your area to help you decide.  Try to choose channels that aren't being used by others, or if they are being used by others choose ones that have a weak signal strength.
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