Trying to setup a wireless network in a Windows Server 2003 domain that includes Mac workstations. I have three Netgear wireless access points. One is actually a wireless router configured as an access point (NAT turned off), the other two are access points only. We also have a "Guest" wireless router that I have no trouble with, presumably because devices get an IP on the router's LAN, not our domain.
For over a year we have been experiencing problems keeping devices connected. The connections would be dropped without warning or indication. The indicator never changes, shows full bars. You would be surfing and then "page not found". Turning off wireless adapters and turning them back on generally fixes the problem...for a short time anyway. Sometimes rebooting the nearest AP is necessary.
Today I tried resetting each access point to factory and starting over. I give each device a unique static IP on the domain that is outside the range of the DHCP sever's pool. I also set reservations for them in DHCP. Don't know if that's necessary.
Ideally, I want to be able to move throughout the building and be automatically connected to the nearest AP. It doesn't happen. In the basement, I'm still connected to the 4th floor AP even though I have an AP 20 feet away. I've given each AP the same SSID. All use the same encryption and security configuration. All ethernet cables to the access points run back to the main switch where the rest of the computers are plugged in.
Still cannot maintain a consistent connection. It behaves like there are perhaps IP conflicts happening. I am assuming that a device connecting to an AP gets an IP address from the pool on the DHCP server. Networking is not my strong suit.
Should all the APs be connected to the switch or should there be a master Wireless router and all APs connect to it?
Or is this a Mac problem?
Any help would be appreciated.