Currently in the small business line of wireless we do not have a true seamless roaming solution. This is a feature support by our enterprise devices. More precisely, a wireless LAN controller is needed.
I have seen with several of our APs that when moving from one AP to the other that only 1-2 packets are dropped during the transition. This however is an ideal amount of loss and the normal is in the range of 4+ packet loss.
This sounds actually a lot better than what I experienced which was lose connection for several seconds. Am I right in understanding that losing 4+ packets would actually not be noticed by the user and the connection would not appear to be broken?
The disconnect and reconnect would not be noticed by the user if all they are doing is roaming. However, for applications, streaming and voice, there would be a noticeable effect and could cause problems. It is not recommended for anything that requires a constant connection.
Also this is only a test in a small business enviroment that would be using 1-2 switches. If you have a large network, it could take a considerable time for traffic to be redirected.
For use in a home network with only 2 APs, the impact should be very small.
Currently you have a few options. I have found this document which provides a lot of detail between the available models. Also to note, the WAP121 and WAP321 have just been released but are a great addition to our wireless devices.
Thanks Robert, I get an error message when trying to access the file on the link:
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