Recently I installed a wireless network camera in a plant elevator. I am getting a relatively good signal but it jumps ever so often and reduces frame rate to about 1/5th of what it should be. The wireless network in the building spans 8 floors and is a single SSID being broadcasted. The make up of the building is especially harsh on wireless signals (a lot of metal, concrete, machinery, and other sources of interference). I have multiple WAPs configured with a 2 channel buffer inbetween to ensure that where the signals overlap the signals aren't confused and don't interfere with each other. I have heard some things about the Spanning Tree Protocol being bad for wireless hopping, but am not certain. I am thinking about buying separate switches for each floor that the WAPs plug into. These switches will feed into a firewall and then into the main backbone of the network.
Does anyone have any suggestions on improving the camera's ability to jump from WAP to WAP?
Does anyone know about the Spanning Tree Protocol and it's affect on wireless hopping?
Has anyone implemented a network plan as I described at the end of the above paragraph and how successful is it?