**I am trying to understand how multiple AP ONE units with the same SSID behave behind a Balance router. I have a Balance 310 with firmware 5.4.9 connected to three AP ONE units. These units collectively provide excellent signal coverage over an area of about 25,000 square feet which includes inside and outside of two buildings. My goal is to provide seamless coverage to wireless clients over this area, both inside and outside of the buildings. Nominally, the signal strengths are “great” except the individual AP ONE units “hang on” to a connected client too long when they should “hand off” to an adjacent AP ONE. I have tested how they hand-off clients when the client is moving from the area served by one AP ONE to the area served by another. All of the AP ONE units have the SSID = RADIO.
For testing, I have set up with just TWO AP ONEs for the moment. One AP one is on WiFi channel 1 and the other is on Channel 8.
What I find is that if I walk between the two coverage areas, the signal on the distant AP ONE goes down to one “bump” on my iPad and meanwhile the signal from the other AP ONE will be coming up to the full four “bumps” in actual strength. But he weak AP ONE “hangs on” to the client iPad until the signal disappears on the iPad. then it will move to the stronger RADIO AP ONE with the full strength signal. This is unsatisfactory as an iPad or other device with this minimum signal cannot actually communicate on the WiFi link. I find this same performance with a Dell laptop with an Intel WiFi Client.
I was thinking that the Balance 310 would be able to monitor the growing weaker signal from the ipad on the first AP ONE and then switch automatically to the signal from the second AP ONE without the iPad having to go thru a total signal dropout to make the change. But this is not happening.
My questions are:
- Is the above how things are supposed to work?
- Do I need the later version 6 firmware for the Balance 310 to get the functionality I am looking for?
- If so is there a charge? Version 6 Balance firmware appears to need a “key”.