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John Galt
Forward, March
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Re: Setting up WiFi for a large home

The easy-peasy way to do it is to install a number of APs in your house in the areas you want to service.

In my house (3 levels, ~4,000 sq.ft.) I have 4 APs. The power is set low so that they service just that area and are on different channels. I use Ch. 1 & Ch. 11 since Ch. 6 is trashed in my area.

The SSIDs are different...the laptops and tablets automatically connect to the appropriate AP when I am in the area.

Works well...no particular issues.
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netseeker

@verizon.net
Just so i can confirm i'm understanding this right..
You're recommending i put in a Wireless Router in a central location and then set up AP's (i'm assuming you mean wireless ones) all around the house?

a few questions if you dont mind?
1. how do i configure the AP's to connect up to the wireless network broadcasted by my the Router?
2. Do you actually mean that i'll have multiple networks in the home, and then the device will switch between saved networks, as i move around?


John Galt
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This is how I have mine set up...

Internet > modem > router (w/ DHCP) + switch > wire to location > AP

The connection between the router (which has a swtch in it, probably) and the APs is by the Cat5 you installed previously.

Question #1: There will be a configuration menu to set up the AP.

Question #2: Short answer is yes.

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Anav
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said by John Galt:

This is how I have mine set up...

Internet > modem > router (w/ DHCP) + switch > wire to location > AP

The connection between the router (which has a swtch in it, probably) and the APs is by the Cat5 you installed previously.

Question #1: There will be a configuration menu to set up the AP.

Question #2: Short answer is yes.

Johns wiring is piss poor, see those sharp 90deg turns in the wire. You want to avoid that. Hopefully your house is wired properly. ;-P
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join:2003-07-26
Helena, MT
reply to John Galt
You should make the SSID's and security settings the SAME on all your AP's, NOT different. Dunno why people make them different, I see it a lot at cafe's, the library, the mall here. Dunno who the local company that set these up all wrong is. The same network use the SAME SSID, but different channels. The device will the be able to roam between AP's smoothly by handing over to the strongest AP as you move around instead of hanging on for dear life to a weak signal.