Creating a wireless network with multiple access points

Following on from my earlier article on converting an old wireless router into an access point you can have many wireless access points dotted around your house in order to provide the best wireless coverage without the need for expensive repeaters. To do this, you will need to do the following:

  1. Give each access point a different management IP address
  2. Give each access point a different channel – the further apart the channels the better
  3. Give each access point the same SSID
  4. Give each access point the same encryption type and key

It’s as simple as that. If one access point disappears (e.g. is unplugged) wireless devices should relatively seamlessly start using another one. As you move around the house, wireless devices should seamlessly switch between access points as they engage in client controller handover to ensure they achieve the best signal.