Originally Posted by cw4u
I've done this before, and it does work quite well. Of course, I don't think this type of setup can offload users to another AP if one AP becomes overloaded. But still, if you won't have lots of users, (25+/AP) then go ahead. And, make sure that DHCP is handled by only one server, and not a bunch of devices.
It's extremely easy to do. Like 5-10 minutes per AP.
I agree we did thia at our church as well.
We have three access points, all with the same name and with the same security code. You need to put them on different, non-overlapping channels. The channels that do not overlap are 1, 6 and 11.
We did not use access points but just the run of the mill Linksys wireless routers. The secret here is to turn off DHCP on all of the new stuff (assuming that you already are serving it from somewhere else) and do not connect the router to the network via it's WAN port, connect it to one of it's LAN ports (with an access point this will not be an issue).
We can walk our campus and never loose signal.
The other thing you might think about to get more range is replacing the antennas with higher gain units. We used cheap Hawking antennas and the improvement in range is quite amazing.