1 SSID for big building

Sam Craven
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I need to create one SSID Wireless Network for a big building. Hoping to use a total of 10 WAPs - probably the NETGEAR ProSAFE WAC720s as they seem to be rated highly.

Each one will be wired into a switch connected to our router.
Would I simply configure each one with the same security settings and SSID?
Or would I configure repeater, multipoint bridge mode, or something else?

I am not too familiar with the different modes that are supported by APs.
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You're on the right track. Same SSID and security settings but use different channels. Stick to 1, 6 and 11 on the 2.4GHz band if you can. Set 5GHz to use auto channel selection.

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Hi Craig... Thanks for the reply.

 Would this be the same method used by a State University school?
I know at SDSU I can walk around the HUGE campus and the connection never drops.
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Yes, although it's a bit more complicated. You need a controller and RADIUS server for that.
The WAC720 is a good choice because it can be configured to make the APs aware of each other ('ensemble mode')

This allows Auto Channel Assignment, which will automatically adjust the channels used by ensemble member APs, according to real-time RF conditions.

You can also centrally manage the single SSID for all APs in one go, eliminating the potential for making a mistake in the security settings.

You should be able to roam from one AP to another provided there's no gap in the coverage.
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