03-14-2010 08:46 PM
03-15-2010 02:14 AM
03-15-2010 11:24 AM
That's what I thought, but it seems I read in another post by Fred that he uses the same channels in AP mode so I wanted to clarify. If I set them all to the same channel, same ssid, and same security in AP mode, what would happen? Do you think it would be better to set them up in pairs repeating each other? For example, ap mode and repeater on ch6, then another in ap mode and repeater on ch1, and then another in ap mode and repeater on ch11?
This network was already in place, and I just secured it using wpa so I didn't have anything to do with the placement of the ap's. 3 of them are in a basement with about 40 feet apart from each other on different channels, but they have to travel through very thick concrete walls.
Thanks for your input and all suggestions are very welcome.
03-15-2010 11:30 AM
03-15-2010 11:41 AM
So it is in agreement by everyone that if you have wires running to each access point from the switch/router, the channels should be different on each access point? In my case of 5 access points, I know to put one on 1, one on 6, and one on 11, but what about the other two access points? Should I use one of the inbetween channels such as 3 or 9, or just use the main channels again like 1, 6, or 11, depending on which one has the least interference?
Also, I know that usually the WPA2 AES usually has the best wireless performance. Is that the same case with these linksys access points? Do people usually have better wireless results using a particular securtiy encryption with these?
Again, I really appreciate your help.
03-15-2010 07:50 PM
I just spoke with linksys support via chat and here is what they said. They said that if you have all the wap's wired into to a router, then you should/can set them all to the same channel. I asked this question several times and they said it would work just fine and in fact they recommend doing that way as long as the SSID and security is set to the same. I then asked how that wouldn't interfere with each other, and if they go into a WDS mode, and they said yes. However, when i spoke with linksys chat a few days, ago the person I got said to put them on separate channels. Maybe it will both work fine?
So it seems that my confirguration of separate channels is not what linksys recommends when all the settings are the same. What are your thoughts on this? I am currently studying for the CCNA exam and the wireless portion even says to put them on different channels and then alternate them so they dont interfere. How would these linksys wap's be any different? I guess they must have some way to talk to each other since they are all on the same network?
03-16-2010 01:47 AM - edited 03-16-2010 01:50 AM
03-16-2010 05:36 AM
Thanks gv. That's what I thought, but when I spoke with linksys and they told me to use the same channels, I was a bit confused on how that would work. There is a guy named FredZ that posts in these forums, and I think I saw him mention you could also put them on the same channels as long as they are on the same network. Do you know what he meant by that?
03-16-2010 05:52 AM
03-16-2010 06:09 AM
Here is what FredZ said:
To answer your questions directly:
-The WAP'S might be in a signal overlap (90' apart) should I have them on different channels?
No, signal overlap is only an issue if the 2 signals are on different networks.
Your senario posses a few more questions.
I assume the WAP54Gs are wired to the BEFSR41 as the WAP54G cannot be used as a repater for it. Read the bottom of the AP Mode page of the WAP54G for more information.
Security is always an issue regardless of how long it is on for. Always try and use WPA2 where possible
Here is a probable setup for you.
Set all WAP54Gs to the same channel, and set the security to WPA2 and set the pass phrase on each AP so they are different.
And here is another post he says the samething:
The WAP54G supposedly supports WDS, so setting all the WAP54Gs up on the same channel with the same SSID and security is the way to create a single seamless wireless network.
If the signal is spotty then try a different channel (1,6,11) or you may need to have more devices to achieve full coverage, or you could even try high gain antennas.
Any thoughts on that gv or FredZ?
As always, thanks for your information and hard work on these forums.