Optimal setup for multiple APs in same place?

December 10, 2010 at 02:59:30
Specs: Windows XP, 3GHz/1GB

Have 15 laptops that connect to 3 DLink DWL-7100AP access points. I have configured them so 5 laptops connect to each ap, no other wireless equipment will connect to the ap's. So I've basically tried to load balance it so that each ap only deals with a maximum of 5 clients each. With them not being the greatest ap's in the world, and no budget for improvement, some clients connections do suffer sometimes. Dropping down to 200 or 300k but then other times they jump up to a more than acceptable 3000 or 4000k.

This is the setup

SSID: AP1 (5 computers) wireless b/g, Channel 6

SSID: AP2 (5 computers) wireless b/g, Channel 6

SSID: AP3 (5 computers) wireless b/g, Channel 6

Can I do things to optimize the performance here? If I change the channels of 2 of the ap's (I hear that b/g can run on 1, 6 or 11) will I see an increase in performance? If so, how dramatic? I know that it's good to keep ap's on the same channel as far away from each other as possible when they are broadcasting the same ssid, to facilitate good roaming, but does it make a difference when the ssid's are different as is the case here?


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December 10, 2010 at 04:48:12
One would presume from your description that all 3 APs run off one router which provides DHCP. Unless the router has load balancing capability you can & will experience periods when one segment of your network hogs your network bandwidth to the detriment of the other segments. Please provide details of your upstream setup as that seems to be where the bottleneck might be.

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