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By maddiuex ·
First let me say thanks for taking time to help me>
For 2000 Points be very specific in your answers.

Have 3 Linksys WAP54G Access Points, Going into a 3 story building, Hence one per floor.
Ip Scheme is 192.168.168.x, With a Sonic Firewall. as the gateway of 192.168.168.2.
Now I want the users with laptops to be able to walk from floor to floor, without having to enter the Wep Key for each floor and then pick up the best signal from the 3, I do not broadcast the SSID and use the 64 bit encryption. How would I accomplish this without loosing the wep security. I can walk from floor to floor if I broadcast with no wep. But this is not possible since the location is sensitive, and has to have security>

I have talked with Linksys Tech support, But they dont seem to know what they are supporting.
Used car salesman I think.

Information Server=Server , APupstairs, APMain, APdownstairs

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by TheChas In reply to Linksys WAP54G

I think that you have the wrong tools for the task you need to accomplish.

I have found Linksys support reps to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Within the level of networking that their equipment is targeted to.

Linksys targets the home and small office user, not as large and sophisticated a network as you are trying to set up.

I think it is time to byte the bullet and move up to one of the big boys in networking.

Chas

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by maddiuex In reply to

Why even answer the question, I also find linksys techs to be very good, I was talking about one tech only. So in the furture if you have a correct answer please leave it .

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by maddiuex In reply to

Why even answer the question, I also find linksys techs to be very good, I was talking about one tech only. So in the furture if you have a correct answer please leave it .

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by rawright In reply to Linksys WAP54G

Why are you using a different WEP key for each floor? Is that a security requirement, or a limitation of the LinkSys APs? The MAN network I'm on uses one key for the entire city, regardless of which AP we use; filtering to limit fixed stations to one AP is done by MAC address. If the LinkSys APs will allow it, set all the WEP keys to the same value and let the client stations sort out which AP has the best signal.

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by maddiuex In reply to

Rawright. I rejected this. but do want you to answer the following, since you know what you are doing . I was told by linksys that each AP needed its own wep key and same channel. Since this I have found out that each AP has to have the same Wep key and differant channel. And I also now know that I can filter the Macs. But having trouble doing so. I have looked at each mac address and still when I walk floor to floor, it take up to 4 minutes to get the best signal.I have installed better anttens, and on the third floor installed a 4th AP. large floor. So Question is, How can I do this better with the linksys AP's, I did not request the customer to purchase the linksys, but they want this to work? Thanks.

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by rawright In reply to Linksys WAP54G

You're on the right track with the different channel/same WEP approach, but you might be stuck here. You say that it takes 4 minutes for the best signal to be selected - that implies that it's working, just not very well. That is probably a limitation of the LinkSys firmware, in that it takes a significant amount of time to settle on which source it likes best. You may also be getting some fringe effects if the AP channels overlap too much, confusing the client devices. Use as wide spacing as you can manage - ch 1 or 2 on the 1st floor, ch 10 or 11 on the 2nd floor, ch 6 on the 3rd floor - to minimize interfloor interference. On our local MAN we use ch 6 for all the APs, but they're widely separated. The backbones that connect AP clusters around town alternate between ch 2 and 10 to minimize interference. I hope this helps resolve the problem.

Nice choice on the SonicWall, by the way. I've used them and they work great, even though they're expensive!

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by maddiuex In reply to

Still big issue, I am working with Tech support for the time. They have swapped out two of the access points and still the same problem.
I am considering not using web for the time and use mac filtering.

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by maddiuex In reply to Linksys WAP54G

Okay, Update. Instead of WEP, I am using mac filtering, this is working. So how do I get the View Availeble networks message to stay gone?

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