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    Ive got 2 wireless access points, 30 laptops and we want to split for example 15 laptops to each router,

    Access Points both have same name and same access code,

    So i thought either access point you put in the room the laptops will connect to, doesn't happen.

    What do I need to do to setup both access points so that we can swap laptops between rooms. and connect to either access point, am i doing something wrong?

    Cheers guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilmc View Post
    Ive got 2 wireless access points, 30 laptops and we want to split for example 15 laptops to each router,

    Access Points both have same name and same access code,

    So i thought either access point you put in the room the laptops will connect to, doesn't happen.

    What do I need to do to setup both access points so that we can swap laptops between rooms. and connect to either access point, am i doing something wrong?

    Cheers guys
    When I have done this I have named the wireless points as say 'Trolley1' and 'Trolley2'. I then set the first 15 laptops to prefer Trolley1 and the 16-30 to prefer Trolley2. They still have the other access point listed so if one isn't detected they connect to the other.

    If the SSIDs are the same then I believe it will try to connect to the strongest signal.

    Hope this helps.

    Shaun

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    If the APs have MAC address security then you can setup 1st AP to only allow 15 of the laptops and the other for the other 15.

    Theory only - never done it myself

    regards

    Simon

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    If you give both WAP's the same SSID on the same channel and just program all laptops with the same SSID / pass phrase / password would that not work

    Not sure if the channel needs to be the same or not ? Not sure if its related to the distance between the WAP's as to whether or not they will interfere with each other ?

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    If you give both WAP's the same SSID on the same channel and just program all laptops with the same SSID / pass phrase / password would that not work
    Two WAPs close together broadcasting the same SSID on the same channel would be a disaster! You should put them on channels 1, 6 or 11 so they do not overlap. In Europe some WAPs support upto channel 13, but I wouldn't recommend using this channel as many wireless adapters/drivers won't see it even though it's broadcasting.

    What do I need to do to setup both access points so that we can swap laptops between rooms. and connect to either access point, am i doing something wrong?
    Realistically you should setup the two WAPs differently. Set one as channel 6 and the other channel 11. Configure two variable SSIDs - name them network1 and network2 (for example), then use a variable for the security password using WPA/WPA2. Password1234 and Password5678, whatever you like.

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    neilmc, I've recently set up our new trolley as Michael has described and it works a treat. there are other ways to do it but the "keep it simple stupid" method always works best.

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