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AP With Same SSID


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#1 jo15765

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 02:55 PM

Greetings - I have the Netgear WNDR4300 as my primary router, broadcasting a 5G network a guest 5G network, a non 5G network and a guest non 5G network. My secondary router set-up as an AP is a Belkin N F5D8236-4, and I have a powerline ethernet adapter plugged into port 4 of my Netgear and the second powerline ethernet adapter plugged into port 1 (the 1st port not labeled modem) of my Belkin.  I have the same SSID, encryption type, channel and password setp-up as my Netgear however no devices will ever switch to the AP even though it has a stronger signal.  If I change the SSID of of my AP to something different than my Netgear then devices will switch to it no problem!  

 

What is it that is preventing my devices from switching over to the AP when it has a stronger signal?



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Posted 24 September 2016 - 02:59 PM

You need to change your roaming options on the laptop and every wireless devices connecting. See here for more info.

 

"If a client device is having trouble roaming (e.g., hanging on to an AP too long), it may be desireable to toggle the device's roaming aggressiveness to a higher setting. The screen shot below shows where this parameter can be set on a Windows 7 laptop."

 

Also make sure the Netgear router and Belkin AP are on different Wifi channels.


Edited by Trikein, 24 September 2016 - 03:00 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 03:09 PM

You need to change your roaming options on the laptop and every wireless devices connecting. See here for more info.

 

"If a client device is having trouble roaming (e.g., hanging on to an AP too long), it may be desireable to toggle the device's roaming aggressiveness to a higher setting. The screen shot below shows where this parameter can be set on a Windows 7 laptop."

 

Also make sure the Netgear router and Belkin AP are on different Wifi channels.

 

The tutorial I read stated they should be on the same channel.  I'll start with switching the WiFi Channel and see if that will work, as the bulk of the problem exists between smartphones.

 

Does it matter if I pick a 5G or non 5G SSID to share with the AP?  For routers like my Netgear that can broadcast multiple SSID, if you are setting up an AP does it matter which one you pick to set as the SSID for your AP?


Edited by jo15765, 24 September 2016 - 03:10 PM.





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