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    Windows MAC Access Point Connection

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    We've got complete wireless coverage of the school, and we have a laptop in almost every single classroom. Most of them work fine, others dont.

    The problem is, windows WZC has a stupid habit of not connecting to the closest AP to the laptops, therefore in some places, signal is constantly Very Low and drops frequently.

    What I need to know, is how to I tell WZC to only connect to the MAC of the closest AP? All the laptops are stationary, so it can be a fixed MAC address.

    The wireless is Atheros AR5005G, and as far as I know, there is no Atheros wireless management software, it is all done via WZC.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    I don't think you can do this via the windows management side of things - [ someone correct me if I'm wrong ]
    I had a similar problem with our Science block wireless laptops so I had to re-install the Proset software and manage the wireless aspect on that and force the laptops to the relevant AP.
    I'm surprised there is no management software - even the cheap [ £10 ] USB thing I use at home had some software so you could do this sort of thing.
    Not sure if Boingo could be any help here ?

    http://www.boingo.com/

    I use this when out and about so I can choose what network to join - not sure if you can specify the AP though it though.

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    Tried boingo, it doesnt have the facility to force association with just one AP.

    Atheros is the make of the wireless stuff inside the laptops, if anyone knows of any Atheros software i'd be glad.

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    There is no 'roamaing' setting on the actual driver which may help in making sure it's got the best AP ?
    I thought Atheros used Jumpstart or something as its management side of things....

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    Not that I can see, ive looked through everything to do with the driver.

    I just need some method of telling windows which access point its to use.

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    There is no way of doing this on the windows side of things.

    What you would have to do is to setup mac filtering on the access points.

    The only one having the mac address of the laptop being the closest ap to it this would stop any other wap's talking to the laptop.

    Trouble is that by doing that you lose the benifit of being able to use the laptops wherever.

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    2 things

    The first: All the laptops are bolted to desk in their respected rooms and stay there 24/7, so MAC filtering on the AP's isnt a problem.

    The second: This is the problem, I dont have access to the AP's theyre managed by the county ICT centre, who have refused on several occasions to give me access.

    There MUST be a way to tell windows what AP to use, because tools like NetStumbler can display a list of all AP's and it chooses which one to connect to, there must be a way to set this manually?!

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    If you don't have access to the AP's you're a bit stuffed.

    Just because netstumbler scans for access points doesn't mean there must be anything in WZC.

    Have a look at:

    http://cws.internet.com/article/3115-.htm

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    There is no way to do this with Windows. Things like BlueSocket controller can provide this sort of service and more.

    However, you have a major problem:
    Quote Originally Posted by Samson
    ...I dont have access to the AP's theyre managed by the county ICT centre, who have refused on several occasions to give me access...
    This is going to be an immovable barrier to sorting this out. Until you have access to and control over your wireless network there is very little/nothing you can do, not even MAC filtering - which as has been stated is pretty brute force and not very sophisticated anyway.

    BTW laptops bolted 24/7 to the desk - why didn't you just buy PCs?

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    This is going to be an immovable barrier to sorting this out. Until you have access to and control over your wireless network there is very little/nothing you can do, not even MAC filtering - which as has been stated is pretty brute force and not very sophisticated anyway.

    BTW laptops bolted 24/7 to the desk - why didn't you just buy PCs?
    Firstly the county ICT centre brought in a bunch of Cisco contractors to install them, and have since refused to give me any usernames or passwords for any of the wireless equipment.

    Again with the laptops, I didnt work here when the descision was made for laptops, so thats a question I cant answer.

    I can't beleive there is no simple way of telling workstations A B and C to use AP "maths" and D E F to use AP "french" and so on!

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    Re: Windows MAC Access Point Connection

    unfortunately, xp wireless management system does not choose the nearest AP, it just connects to any willy nilly AP it likes, weather the signal is good or poor. I wonder if this has been sorted out in Vista? best post a note in the MS suggestions box



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