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If I were to install multiple wireless access points around a house or office property, would it be possible to broadcast (and pick up, obviously) a single SSID and have a single sign on? I know that each AP will have it's own MAC address, but is there a way to transcend that?
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Its possible, I do belive its mesh networking?

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Linking_Routers

We have it in our uni and you just auto reconnect to the strongest signal strength as you mve around

edit :-

yeh its wds mesh

http://superuser.com/questions/223297/multiple-wifi-routers-interconnected-through-ethernet-to-improve-coverage
Edited by Ulquiorra - 5/31/13 at 5:31am
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@Ulquiorra

Cheers for that. smile.gif So basically I would have to flash the APs with DD-WRT, configure them for WDS and then get them to hand off authentication to a back end such as a RADIUS server, and then do the DHCP stuff with something like pfSense?
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Looks like it,

Looks like the AP's have to be the sam make / model though as WDS isnt a RFC

Some routers will support WDS without flashing but itrs vendor dependant smile.gif
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Cheers. smile.gif
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As long as all of the APs have the same SSID, encryption type, and password, you will only see one SSID. There's no need for this WDS stuff.
    
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DDWRT/WDS shouldn't be necessary, just try setting the same SSID, encryption, and password on all your APs. I do recommend you put each one on a different channel though.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros View Post

DDWRT/WDS shouldn't be necessary, just try setting the same SSID, encryption, and password on all your APs. I do recommend you put each one on a different channel though.

This. You can run into problems if you have 2 APs signals overlapping and they are running the same channel. It may take some trial and error before making it work properly.
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I recommend you check out this Android app called InSSIDer. It lets you scan your area and tells you which channels have the least traffic going around that you should use.
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Thank you for all of the replies, it's appreciated. smile.gif Final question (I hope): Is there a way to have a master controller that can set the SSID and password for a group of APs, like a central management console? Or does that stuff cost big money, like the Unify products?
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Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros View Post

DDWRT/WDS shouldn't be necessary, just try setting the same SSID, encryption, and password on all your APs. I do recommend you put each one on a different channel though.

Since each AP would have a different MAC address, would this not mean having to enter the WPA2 key each time a client detected a new AP?
Edited by parityboy - 5/31/13 at 3:53pm
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