Knock on wood, we have not run into this problem.
We are using Apple WAPs at most our sites. We use the Extreme Gs
and Extreme Ns-the Gs we keep at firmware 5.5.1. We do try to keep the
same model as much as possible for any one site.
We use the same SSID throughout the site and it is case
sensitive. We also leave all the stations on automatic for frequency.
We connect it to the LAN via one of the Ethernet ports-we do not use
the WAN port.
Every WAP is also assigned a static IP address.
I would look to settings on the computers as to how they join a
wireless network. Ours are on automatic-one exception being a scholl
with several networks very close to the school.
I was going to post this question a few
months ago but I never did. I apologize in advance for hijacking this
We had a number of airport base stations
with the same network name so students could roam the building without
losing a connection. The problem we started having after three good
years was a computer would for some reason choose a base station
across the building instead of accessing the base station sitting
right next to it. This problem grew and grew until I had to have
unique names for all of the base stations. I would LOVE to go back to
having one network name, but for some reason I don't think the apple
base stations can handle the job - they either get confused, or the
MacBook / iBook computers get confused. Any ideas? If it is replacing
the airport base stations, that's fine. If it is replacing the
computers, that is not fine.
Winooski School District
Winooski, VT 05404
On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM, Jeffrey
Everett <[log in to unmask]>
Is there a reason you do not have them all set with the
If you did, the user would be able to roam from one
connection to another.
This also allows any connections to stay in place moving
from access point to access point as long as they are on the same
At 8:23 AM -0400 5/5/09, Bjorn Behrendt wrote:
It's a long shot, but you might be able
to create an installer using InstallRite (http://www.epsilonsquared.com/installrite.htm).
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From: "Melissa Hayden-Raley" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, May 4, 2009 3:13:20 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Connect to Multiple WAPs
We have 6 or so wireless access points at each building, each with
different SSID. After you "reseal" XP, it forgets the
list of approved
wireless access points that it can connect to, and I have to
reconnect it to an AP before it will automatically reconnect again.
would love, love, love to script this so that I can just run one
file or vbs file and it will 'approve' the list of 6 APs without me
to walk within the range of each one and connect to it. (Not
that I do
that now, but I have to teach almost every laptop user how to
sometimes repeatedly. They never read the documentation I give
We're going to a unified wireless network with only one SSID in
future, but for the time being I would be thrilled if I could script
and take away one more little headache.
I've spent a shameful amount of time on Google today trying to solve
but I haven't found anything that will quite do it. In Vista (I
found something good about it) I just have to use the command:
netsh wlan connect=WAP-SSID
but XP doesn't have an equivalent in its version of netsh. I can
Wireless Network Setup Wizard in XP to create a USB thumb drive that
SetupSNK.exe on it, which I can modify the XML file to customize it to
a) can only have one WAP per XML file, one XML file per USB
b) only works when you "autorun" the USB drive
when you insert it, which
doesn't happen reliably (and probably for good reason)
c) can't just create separate folders and double-click on the setupsnk
d) setupsnk doesn't appear to have any commandline options to script
So .. maybe this can't be done. But if someone out there has
out, I'm all ears!! (Or eyes as the case may be.)
Milton Town School District
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