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A friend of mine asked me to renew the wireless network infrastructure at his company. He currently has one 802.11b (11Mbps) access point. He used to have two, with two different SSIDs (Company1 and Company2), but one broke down. I (obviously) want to replace the current hardware with faster/more up to date hardware and also install more access points to extend the coverage. I also want to enable a guest network, so that guests can check their mail or download their presentation, without getting access to the private company network, which is connected to the file server etc (ofcourse, password protected, but still). Since 2 SSIDs doesn't look very professional, I want to have 1 SSID accross all routers. I have tried this before in the past, but I haven't been able to get it to work properly. It could be due to the choice of wrong hardware, so I am now looking at Draytek accesspoints which have a WDS function. This enables to extend the coverage of your WiFi network using the same SSID. However, this not exactly what I want. WDS enabled access points basically are 'range extenders' and do not need an own ethernet connection to extend the signal. It's basically a wireless bridge.... which is going to the painfully slow at the other end of the shop. How is this feature called non-wirelessly? Better yet, how can this be achieved?
I was looking into Draytek products, because I've used them in the past and they are very customizable. A TP-Link router with OpenWRT might also be an option, but since this is being used in a business environment, I prefer stability above saving a couple of bucks.
This could also come handy in my own house. In the attic the WiFi signal is very poor, so I installed a second router, which also has a second SSID...
Linux noob willing to learn.