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    Belkin router conflict with Netgear

    Hi there,

    For the wireless network in our workplace we have so far been using belkin routers. Everything worked fine. We have a WEP encryption 128bit, All the router are set to broadcast the same SSID so people can roamed around the place and the channel for all the router is 11.

    I have recently purchased a similar access point than the belkin we use, but from Netgear. I have set it up exactly the same way but now, when the two are closed together the Belkin loses connectivity.

    Why is that and what can I do to resolve this issue?

    Emmanuel

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    Isn't there a setting to 'continue' the signal as it were. I know if I want to do that with my Linksys AP there's a setting for getting it to do that.

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    Make sure you are using different channels for each of the routers. Ideally make them two or three channels apart... I've had this crop up in the past with someones AP's, changing the channels fixed the problem.

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    Theyre actually accesspoints set up to work as one large network (to allow roaming between access points) and therefore designed to be on the same channel. However we have 2 different makes of access point which seem to conflict with each other, instead of boosting the signal.

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    btw I work with Emmanuel

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    As far as I'm aware, the channels on the overlapping AP's should still be different to each other. Providing the SSID and encryption is the same on all AP's, you should still be able to roam seamlessly between AP's. I have it set up like this at one the sites I work at, and it works fine. I have also tested this further by walking around using Netstumbler on my laptop monitoring the signal between different AP's. I didn't get any interruptions in signal or connection while it changed between them.

    I still think its worth looking at.

    I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbanana
    Ahh, that article explains bridging AP's and correct me if I'm wrong, thats not what you guys are trying to do? Or is it?

    I was thinking more in the lines of this: http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/972261

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    We can assign the different channels, however I always presumed to get the network to been seen as one, then the accesspoints needed to be on the same channel no? We're not bridging the access points, rather creating a large wireless network around a building, using a number of access points.

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    I thought thats what you meant Well, as long as the SSID's (and encryption) on the AP's are the same, it should be seen as one wireless network, and not multiple wireless networks.

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    Brilliant, so it doesn't matter about being on different channels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave87
    Brilliant, so it doesn't matter about being on different channels?
    Nope! I'm almost certain thats why one of your AP's loses connection when they get close to each other. They are both trying to transmit using the same channel which is causing conflicts.

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