Two ZoneFlex R300 - Same SSID, Same Channel, will it boost the signal or extend the coverage?

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Hi,
We got two R300 Zoneflex APs. If I configure them to use same SSID and I don't know if same channel is selected, will it boost the signal or extend the coverage. It is a warehouse with lots of racks and we are using Motorola Handheld devices. When our supplier tested the signal strength, one AP was found to be enough, but they suggested to use two APs for stronger signal and strength in case of multiple devices being connected.
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Kevin Tyler

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You don't want to use the same channel, as that could cause co-channel interference, creating performance issues. Using the same ssid is perfectly ok and will not cause any performance issues. As for your question on extending coverage, yes two AP's mounted in different locations, not right near one another can add to the WLAN's performance capabilities..
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Thanks for the reply.
My concern is that users have reported performance issues and drops.
I did some analysis and found that all devices are connecting to only one AP. The SSID for both APs are same and SmartChannel is selected and both are on different channels.
The other AP shows that "No stations are currently associated with this WLAN". How to merge them and use both their power as one?
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Like Kevin said.  do not have them near each other (maybe at opposite ends of the warehouse) and have different channels.  I also have motorola scanners and they are not 5GHz capable, so you'll want to look at your air space with a wifi scanning tool and determine what channels to use.  I turned off smart channel on 2.4GHz cause it didn't work well for me.  I statically programmed them to 1, 6, 11 (I have 3), the recommended channels for 2.4GHz.  Chose one of these channels for each AP, a different channel for each, and try to avoid sharing channels with other wifi sources.
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Thanks for your replies. So, the handheld will connect automatically between APsSSID without disconnecting if I use the same SSID? Or do I need to configurr something else?
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Exact same SSID name & PSK, assuming your using pre-shared key.  If you still have problems with sticky clients/AP's you can try adjusting your power levels down on the AP's to entice clients to roam to a closer AP.
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In your warehouse environment, use full power, and locate your APs on opposite ends of the racks for best coverage.

Avoid mounting them near any obvious source of interference like machinery, lighting, heating/AC vents, etc.

You don't get the real-time channel control that being managed by a ZD provides, but if you reboot your APs once in

a while, they will always choose the best channel found when they restart, or you can enable Channelfly for a specified

period of time before turning it off.