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?