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    Hello all,

    We run standalone wireless access points doted around the school in different locations 12 in total. What is the best way to set these up channel wise as we have been having some issues that I think are channel related?

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    use wifi channels 1 6 11 making sure no 2 of the same overlap if possible

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    Ideally you want to try to prevent channel overlap, the recommended way to do this is by using channels 1, 6 and 11. Get a plan of the buildings and draw circles around each access point with their rough coverage area. Plan it so that those 3 channels are never together. (What I mean by that is that you don't have two channel 1's or two channel 6's etc that can see each other)

    In our school I couldn't get it that perfect so opted to use 4 channels - 1, 5, 9 and 13.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sadams1980 View Post
    We run standalone wireless access points ...we have been having some issues ... [maybe] channel related?
    Are these autonomous access points in individual classrooms or groups of classrooms, which are NOT intended to overlap to provide roaming?

    If so, and assuming you already have a channel re-use plan that keeps the AP's that are on the same channel as far away from each other as possible, try turning down the power on your AP's until the cell size has been reduced to a point where it is just sufficient for the necessary coverage area. Also, if it were me, I would stick to a 1/6/11 channel plan, since anything less than 4 channels of separation BETWEEN each channel you are using for clients with overlap on the side-lobes.

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