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Let's suppose you have to deploy this network in a large sized house and you want it to have wireless coverage no matter where you are (be it at the kitchen, living room, pool, bathroom, etc.).

We all know that if you configure an AP to repeat the signal of a router wirelessly, you sacrifice the bandwidth but... What if you connect the AP's to the router via Ethernet? Is there a way to make them extend the wireless signal of the router without sacrificing bandwidth by setting them up this way? How would you set up the AP's so they can extend the wireless coverage without sacrificing bandwidth?
Edited by Icekilla - 12/14/11 at 3:30pm
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Connect all the APs to your main router over wired Ethernet and make sure the DHCP server is turned off on them. If they're routers instead of APs, connect them together using a LAN port instead of the Internet port. Put them all on the same SSID on different channels and it should work great.
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What I'd like is that instead of showing 3 AP's with the same name, it only shows 1 single AP when connecting to the wireless network. I wonder if it can be done, and if so, how? And how would a device (let's say, an iPhone) jump from one AP to the other automatically?
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I see what you mean. Almost like a cell phone.

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That is a typical more 'enterprisey' deployment. Put the same SSID and security settings on each AP but swap the channels between them so they do not interfere with each other (1, 6 and 11). Only one SSID will show up for a client and it will autonegotiate between AP's depending on signal strength. You will not lose speed as they will each have a wired uplink.
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That is a typical more 'enterprisey' deployment. Put the same SSID and security settings on each AP but swap the channels between them so they do not interfere with each other (1, 6 and 11). Only one SSID will show up for a client and it will autonegotiate between AP's depending on signal strength. You will not lose speed as they will each have a wired uplink.
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Sweet! Would that router be good enough?
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Yes, this works fine. However, you will drop your signal momentarily when you go between the networks (when one's signal becomes stronger than the other). Because you have them with the same SSID and security credentials, you won't see both networks - just bounce between them when your device picks up a better signal.

I think it's important to note that you will drop connection in-between them for a very short time - sometimes not long enough to notice, but it happens.
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post #9 of 21
Is the house really large enough that you need multiple routers to get enough coverage? If you've put DD-WRT on your E4200, you should be able to boost the signal strength. That might be enough to get coverage everywhere.
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Yeah

Then again, this is just an "out of curiosity" exercise
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