[kwlug-disc] Joining wi-fi's?

John Van Ostrand john at vanostrand.com
Mon Nov 4 11:28:33 EST 2013

I did a little reading on this myself earlier on this year when I added a
second AP to the house to cover those pesky teenagers.

What I found was that if you use the same SSID and same passphrase that
clients *might* assume that they are related and will choose the best one
and pass-over seamlessly. This seem to be really up to the client. I
haven't looked to see if any standard applies to this hand-off, but the
reading I had done suggested that some clients won't do this at all or well.

I would guess that sophisticated or new clients will do this and older or
simpler ones may not.

On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM, Joe Wennechuk <youcanreachmehere at hotmail.com
> wrote:

> There is a small store in Waterloo. It is off Columbia.
> http://www.superpassantenna.com/. They sell High Gain Panel (Fresnel
> lens) antennae. I have used them up to 19 dBi. This can do the trick a lof
> of times. If you have a removable antenna,  and the proper LMR end.
> If you put a high Gain Antenna like 19dBi, and add it to your router on
> full blast this could potentially push you over the 1 Watt limit. It has
> been my experience, that while it is illegal to go over one watt; there
> seems to be no one checking. I used to have 3 Watts coming out of my router
> at home, and it worked great, and I could use it faaaar from the house.
> If you put it on the router side you will get great signal, it will be
> faster on the download this way, but I suspect your connection is
> asynchronous with the downloads 5X faster than uploads.
> > Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2013 01:39:23 -0500
> > From: unsolicited at swiz.ca
> > To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
> > Subject: [kwlug-disc] Joining wi-fi's?
> >
> > If I wanted to expand the geographical coverage area of my wi-fi, how do
> > I go about doing that?
> >
> > Just acquire a second AP, use an identical SSID, and just get on with my
> > day?
> >
> > What are the terms used for this sort of thing / what would my google
> > search be?
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> >
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John Van Ostrand
At large on sabbatical
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