- Jul 19, 2012
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- Washington State
Ugh, that's going to cause additional problems, due to stupid implementations on some client devices. Ideally, you'll want an SSID that's shared between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, as well as a 5 GHz-only and a 2.4 GHz-only SSID. I run all 3 types across both bands, and here's why:
1. For clients that have a sensible implementation (prioritize 5 GHz SSID if available, connect to 2.4 GHz if 5 GHz is weak or unavailable), I give them only the SSID shared across both bands. This includes all Android and iOS devices.
2. For clients that have a poor implementation of roaming between bands (like Mac OS), I give them the SSIDs unique to each band and set the priority of the 5 GHz band higher than that of the 2.4 GHz band. If I switch on the WiFi within range of the 5 GHz SSID, they'll connect to that. But if I switch on the WiFi out of range of the 5 GHz SSID, they'll connect to the 2.4 GHz SSID. Having both SSIDs allows me to force them to connect to the 5 GHz SSID if I go within range of it after previously being out of range of it. Had I given them the SSID that's shared across both bands, I would not only not have an easy way to see which band they are connected to (except by going to About This Mac->System Report->WiFi), but also no way to force connection to the other band except by turning WiFi off and then back on again...and then I'd have to verify bands by the procedure I already mentioned.
Yeah that makes sense. It would definitely be nice to have the additional control over SSIDs and frequencies in that way.
I take it that's one of the advantages of choosing a nicer system, perhaps something from Ubiquiti, for example? What are some of the other advantages over the consumer grade hardware I'm running? Obviously it's a little too late for me now since I've already committed and set things up with the Orbi, but I'm still curious about the other benefits, even if the Orbi otherwise still does the job for me.