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Different SSID's on tower or one?

I'm sure this must have been discussed before, but the search is only turning up Unifi results.

 

When there is a tower with 4-6 AC sectors, would it be recommended to use different SSID's for each sector or one and the same? If one SSID would be used, do clients hop between access points? Does that go smooth? 

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Re: Different SSID's on tower or one?

We use different SSIDs. Clients can hop between APs, but will not always connect to the strongest.
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Re: Different SSID's on tower or one?

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I recommend different SSIDs for every AP. It may seem more complicated, but as WisTech said, the clients can hop back and forth and not be on the correct sector.

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Re: Different SSID's on tower or one?

We use one SSID on the same tower, and mac acl to control Client association and increased security.

If we experience an AP failure we are able to roam clients to "secondary" ap disabling mac acl. 

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Re: Different SSID's on tower or one?

One point I want to add about this is that failure of Prism 5 AP's seems very rare.  Lightning ESD strikes pretty much being the only thing that can make an AP radio fail.  And when that happens pretty much all the AP's on a tower would fail.  The GEN2 prisms are even less likely to be affected by lightning.

 

So as much as I like to plan for redundancy, AP failure just doesn't seem to ever happen.  At least not in my experience. 

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Re: Different SSID's on tower or one?

I agree with you @ClaudeSS, but we experienced other kind of failures: cable,connectors (umidity or damage), surge protectors. I think it's always better to be prepared for an AP failure.

Gen2 seems to be very good HW, but it's also too early to state that tey are rock solid. 

My mind goes to TI Rocket AP sometimes :-).

 

This is my opininon and my way to operate, It's the right choice for me, not for everybody.

 

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