Router (primary AP) is a WRVS4400N, WAP (signal booster) is a WAP4410N.
Problem: User is physically located within ten feet of WAP (>200 feet from main wireless router). Signal is at 5 bars as user connects to wireless network. Within seconds, signal is at or below two bars and connection is poor.
Background: Trying to solve problem of weak wireless signal in back offices. Desired result is for client laptops to automatically switch to the stronger signal.
- WAP is connected to network via Ethernet cable.
- WAP is set to AP mode (instead of Wireless Repeater mode)
- WAP does appear to boost signal. Using Windows 7 sys tray Connect To A Network applet, can observe signal boost as laptop approaches the WAP.
- Above-described problem happens to users located near or beyond the WAP. It does not happen to users in close proximity to the router.
Secondary Question: If using WAP in AP Mode, do WAP and Router (primary AP) need to be on the same channel?