bethgreen <firstname.lastname@example.org> hath wroth:
>> How can we specify the CHANNEL or MAC to connect to given a series of
>> access points all of which have the same SSID?
>Where is Jeff Liebermann when I need him!
At the local hospital running pre-op tests. I'm about to have a large
portion of my bank account surgically removed.
>I'm still stuck at the hotel with a lousy signal even though a perfectly
>good signal is right next to the one my windows xp computer connected to!
>Using netstumbler, I can *see* the best hotel connection (graphed below)
>00:00:00:00:00:01 SSID = hotel1 Channel = 9 SNR = 45
>00:00:00:00:00:02 SSID = hotel1 Channel = 5 SNR = 36
>00:00:00:00:00:03 SSID = hotel1 Channel = 6* SNR = 24 <=== I'm here!
>00:00:00:00:00:04 SSID = hotel1 Channel = 6+ SNR = 22
>00:00:00:00:00:05 SSID = hotel1 Channel = 6 SNR = 20
>a) I know the MAC address of the "best" signal (00:00:00:00:00:01)
>b) I know the channel (9)
>c) Yet, I'm connected to the lower SNR signal (00:00:00:00:00:03)
Try something simple. Go into the Wireless Zero Config connections
list and delete the hotel SSID. Then, scan for new access points, and
pray that Windoze is smart enough to select the strongest access
point. Miracles do happen.
>How do we tell Windows XP to connect to the desired AP MAC
>(00:00:00:00:00:01) and channel (9)?
You can't do that using Windoze Wireless Zero Config. It only selects
connections using SSID.
What you need is a connection manager that's somewhat smarter than
WZC. I think WiFi Hopper will do the trick:
It's a combination connection manager and Netstumber style site survey
tool. After the trial period, the connection manager part stops
working, but it should run long enough to solve your problem.
Bingo. I found this under the features list for the connection
"Only connect to a network when the BSSID matches that of
the configured network."
The BSSID is the access point MAC address.
Try it and see what it does. I can't try it because I stupidly left
my laptop at the office. Let us know what happens.
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