Wifi SSIDs- 2.4ghz, 5ghz, multiple WAPs.. best practice?
Up until recently, I've only ever had a single WAP in my house. Last year, I inherited an Airport Extreme, so I added it to the basement to increase signal down there. Just this weekend, I added an outdoor WAP to cover our property. Now my question is- how best to set up the network SSIDs.
Currently, I have the following naming convention:
Both of my indoor WAPs (which both have 2.4ghz and 5ghz radios): MyNet, and MyNet5ghz (same password)
The outdoor WAP (also has 2.4ghz and 5ghz): MyNetOutside, MyNetOutside5ghz
So my questions are:
1. Should my 2.4 and 5ghz bands have the same name/pw, and let the device auto-choose?
2. Should my outdoor net be the same name as indoor? Am I going to run into any channel/overlap issues by having 3WAPs near each other the same name?
3. For 2.4ghz, I'd assume I need my WAPs on channels 1, 6, and 11. What about for my 5ghz? (I have a couple of neighbor networks that come through with a very weak signal but seeing as the houses around here are all spread out, we don't have much wifi congestion).
4. Will most devices switch automatically between 2.4 and 5ghz if one is clearly stronger than the other? How about from one radio to another? If I am inside on my indoor 5ghz net, and walk out to the back of my property where I get a very strong 2.4ghz signal, but a somewhat weak 5ghz signal from my outdoor WAP, what can I expect to happen? (assuming everything is named the same)
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