My house has two floors, and due to its construction, I cannot deploy a single access point to reliably cover the whole house.
So, I deployed two access points:
- On the second floor, a Cisco Linksys E4200 running TomatoWRT. This AP is capable of both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands simultaneously.
- On the first/ground floor, a Cisco DPC3828S (terminates a cable connection). This AP is only capable of either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band, not at the same time. I set it to 2.4 GHz because the majority of users in my home are incapable of using the 5 Ghz band.
- Connection from the E4200 to the DPC3828S uses a Cat 5e cable, plugged into the "LAN" ports of each AP (hence, the E4200 acts only as a bridge to the DPC3828S), giving 1Gb connection between the APs.
- DHCP server only exists in the DPC3828S, because sometimes we shut down everything on the second floor, including the E4200.
My question is:
Due to the dissimilar bands, is it better to give each AP a different SSID (e.g., "pepoF1" and "pepoF2"), or would it be better to give both AP the same SSID (e.g., "HouseOfPepo")? And what's the reasoning?