Can Band Steering be turned off while having the same SSID on both radios?

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I've heard that "the" way to defeat band steering (which is enabled by default) is to have different SSIDs on the 2.4Gig radios vs the 5Gig radios.

I've created 2 different WLANs that share the same SSID, assigned a WLAN to each radio + it looks like that defeated band steering.

Can anyone confirm that this works?
(reliably)

notes:

wlan public-24
ssid public
description "public 2.4Ghz"
vlan 199
ofdm-only
exit

wlan public-50
ssid public
description "public 5Ghz"
vlan 199
ofdm-only
exit

wlan-group public-24
wlan public-24
exit

wlan-group public-50
wlan public-50
exit
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Bill Burns, AlphaDog

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Posted 3 years ago

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Michael Brado, Official Rep

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Band Balancing, as its called in 9.8 firmware, can be enabled/disabled under ZD
per-WLAN advanced configuration options. So is client load-balancing. With these
options disabled on the wireless infrastructure, would leave any band steering/ balancing to be a decision made by the client device.