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Mendax

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Hello guys,
I am not entirely sure how to do this, so would appreciate help.
My family just renovated our home, and I made sure there's LAN connection in every room. Still, for some devices you need wifi. We have an internet connection coming into home in a place, where it would be pointless to put wifi router. So what I would love to have is just a simple router taking care of the LAN connections + 2-3 APs around home so that we have good coverage everywhere.
So my understanding is (and pls correct me if I am wrong) that to get a home AP, I just get any wifi router and set it to AP mode. What I don't know is how do I make sure all 3 APs work as one network (one SSID)? Do I just name the SSIDs the same? Won't it create any conflicts? Anything else I should worry about?
Cheers for help!
PS I don't necessarily want to use the repeaters, not sure I actually can, the main router is in the basement, wifi from there would probably get nowhere...
 

ATMINSIDE

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Jun 28, 2012
Sounds like you have a good handle on it. Get your router of choice, and turn the Wi-Fi off. Take however many spots in your house you want to have an AP set up, and install one of these in each of those places via your LAN connections.

Here's an easy setup for you:
- Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-Unifi-Security-Gateway-USG/dp/B00LV8YZLK) - This would be your router
- Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 8 60W (https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-UniFi-Switch-60W-US-8-60W/dp/B01MU3WUX1) - This would give you more LAN ports, four of which are PoE powered so your AP's don't need power adapters
- Either this Ubiquiti UniFi PRO Access Point (https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-Networks-802-11ac-Dual-Radio-UAP-AC-PRO-US/dp/B015PRO512) - Contrary to the new naming, this does mesh just fine, I'll be shocked if you need more than 2 of these to cover your home
- Or this Ubiquiti UniFi Mesh Access Point (https://www.amazon.com/Ubiquiti-Networks-Unifi-1167Mbit-Ethernet/dp/B01NAAWOGO) - Could need 2 or 3 of these

Ubiquiti's software will help you with configuring everything as one seamless network and this is enterprise-grade hardware so you should never have performance issues at all with it.

PoE lets you put the AP's anywhere you have a LAN port by sending power to the AP via the Ethernet connection. Minimizes wires, power bricks, etc throughout your home for this.
 

The_Jizzler

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Feb 7, 2003
Truthfully you can use any old wifi router you may have laying around so long as they can be put into an AP mode. Then like you said, just give each one same SSID and pass and it will work. However, your devices will not "roam" from ap to ap in the house as you move around. You would have to release the wifi and reconnect . It'll connect to the strongest signal.

All that said, ubiquiti gear is good and I use their AP's
at my home
 

ATMINSIDE

Sim Racing Aficionado Co-Owner
Joined
Jun 28, 2012
Truthfully you can use any old wifi router you may have laying around so long as they can be put into an AP mode. Then like you said, just give each one same SSID and pass and it will work. However, your devices will not "roam" from ap to ap in the house as you move around. You would have to release the wifi and reconnect . It'll connect to the strongest signal.

All that said, ubiquiti gear is good and I use their AP's
at my home

That's why I suggested the Ubiquiti AP's especially, they will actually roam from AP to AP.