We install several homes with the setup you are asking for.
Most of the time, we provide LANCOM products, who are capable of
roaming, and have a PoE onboard... which saves time on installing (and
when things go wrong, you just have to power-cycle the switch giving
power over the ethernet cables).
We use the same SSID on all AP's, the channels are being chosen so that
AP1 & AP3 have the same channel, but AP2 another (given the fact that
all three AP's are on one line ofcourse), if you have the same channel
on AP1 & AP2, you could cause some interference... nothing spectacular
for data, but it might give you some problems for VOIP...
Since you have several floors, signals from AP1 might interfere with
signals on AP11 (11 being on the second floor, and AP1 on the first floor)
This is not in combination with any monowall or pfsense, but just plain
on itself... I still am evaluating monowall/pfsense for customer
Maybe others have additional ideas or more constructive details for your
situation, but I feel that you are almost asking the same (with this
difference, that I don't use mono/pf at the customer yet).
> First of all excuse me for this off topic post, but I know this list is as
> one full of people with lots of knowledge and experience in setting up
> (wireless) networks.
> So, to me it looked like the best place to fire my question.
> Here we go,
> We need to provide wireless acces in a residence with approx. 150 rooms.
> It's devided over 5 floors and we already provided utp cabling to 4 acces
> points per floor. (so a total of 20 acces points)
> All acces points are connected to a switch, which is also connected to a
> m0n0wall box.
> The m0n0wall does dhcp and runs the captive portal.
> Now the question.
> Should i only use the non-overlapping channels (1-6-11) and use slightly
> different ssid's on all AP's?
> Or should i use more then those 3 channels? (and also different ssid's)
> Or should I use only one channel and the same SSID on all AP's? (m0n0wall is
> the gateway for all of them anyway...)
> I hope someone can give me some good advice on this.
> Many thanks,