In my office, the network administrator has configured two separate 802.11g/n APs with the same SSID on the same channel (6) but about 50 metres apart*. The two APs are not configured as a WDS as far as I know.
I notice that when my (HP Pavilion dv6 Windows 7 Professional) laptop searches for wifi networks, it displays the shared SSID as one and the signal strength of the stronger of the two APs (which is 2 feet behind me) but when it associates to a network, it always chooses the other AP, whose signal is so low that the connection sometimes drops.
I was told that there is an issue with Windows 7 associating to APs with the same SSID, that it does so somewhat arbitrarily. I was further told that there was no available solution on the AP side (such as creating two SSIDs for each AP).
So, is there a tool or a configuration option I can use to force my laptop to associate with a specific AP (say, by MAC address)?
Edit: I'm relatively new to specific workings of Windows 7 (linux / Apple guy).
(*Our building is several hundred years old and made with two-foot-thick stone, so this is presumably the easiest way to allow wifi access around the corner.)