I've now got 3 different WAP set up on my home LAN. I have 2 Asus RT N66Us (with Shibby Tomato 1.28), one configured as my primary router, one configured as only a WAP, and a cheap Belkin n50. All use the same ssid and password.
On my network, I have several devices which must make use of the wireless network - one printer with wireless but no ethernet interface, and 3 outdoor IP cameras that are wireless only. The printer normally isn't using up network bandwith, but the cameras are connected to survellience software which is using up about 10Kbs each constantly. The cameras are 811.11g. I also have a tablet which sees a lot of use over the wireless network.
Until I set up the other two WAPs, my cameras would have regular drop outs. Now with the additional WAPs, the problem seems to have subsided.
The primary WAP exists in my livingroom. The Belkin n50 (wreless-n but uses only one channel) is set up in a south window of my HQ, and the secondary Asus is set up in a north window. All three are using different channels, which I have set manually. Essentially, I am currently using 3 different 2.4 Ghz channels and 2 different 5 Ghz channels. (channels 1,8,10,40,161)
I live across from a school, which uses two different ssids with three different devices. Normally, each ssid is on the same channel, but there are three different beacons for each one. There are also maybe about 7 other detectable ssid's on the 2.4 Ghz band from my tablet with an internal antenna when I am in my home.
I realize I might be hogging a lot of the local spectrum for myself, but I would like my tablet or my laptop, when untethered, to be able to connect to my wireless network at wireless-n speeds, and not have the cameras using wireless-g slow that down. I do realize that wi-fi is designed to civily share a channel amongst
different access points.
So, what I am asking, is should I let my WAPs use auto channel assignments, should I set them all to be using the same channels, or what?
Also, I am planning to mount an outdoor antenna for one of the secondary RT66U acting as just a WAP. In the Tomato configuration, you can set the hardware to use either antenna A or B or auto. An RT66U has three antennas, which antennas are A and B, and would it work to leave the settings at auto, when one of them is connected to an outdoor antenna?