WiFi – Roaming

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I am investigating wireless infrastructure my company.

 

I would like to, in the near future, include wireless VoIP phones, barcode scanners, as well as a few other wireless devices.

 

Some I.T. professionals have told me that I will need a WAP that can "roam."  Other's have told me that only the device needs to "roam."

 

Which is it?  Is it solely up to the device to decide associations, or do I need a special WAP to discern associations as well?

 

Any help would be great.  Thanks in advance.

 

-Schmidtw

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Roaming is not a big issue. As long as you set them up with the same SSID, and use a controller, clients will roam automatically.

I think the bigger issue is deciding on AP location, protocol (802.11a, g, or n), and AP manufacturer.

Enterprise-grade wireless should do precisely what you need.

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  • Schmidtw
    I think it does have to do with roaming. I've set the access points up with the same everything (different channels). You're right, the clients DO roam, however, they tend to associate with a single access point. Somedevices will send packets to an access point for 15 minutes before deciding to switch, and in an elevator shaft that is very bad for network continuity and true roaming. As far as protocol, and and manufacturer: they are the same. The locations yield about a 15-20% overlap max. -Schmidtw
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