I'm trying to use 802.11s to extend my wifi network and am struggling a little.
The design of my network is to have a single "master" router that has a WAN/internet connection and then numerous APs that extend the wifi network. I'm using Archer C7s for both the router and the APs.
I'm planning on using the 5 GHz network of the APs as "backhaul" and using the 2.4 GHz as wifi networks that clients can connect to. A client should be able to connect to the internet no matter which AP in the mesh it connects to.
So far, I've been able to mesh multiple APs and can statically assign IP addresses and have them ping each other. I'm a little confused about what I should do beyond this point though.
- Should I have each AP run its on DHCP server? Or should only the "master" hand out addresses?
- Should each AP have statically assigned IP addresses for its mesh interfaces?
- How am I supposed connect the 2.4 GHz to the 5 GHz to the Internet? Through bridging or through something else?
I think I essentially want to run the APs in the mesh as "dumb APs" but I'm finding it tricky to configure them as such.
Would appreciate any help, if someone has written a guide on this it would be very much appreciated - I did search but couldn't turn anything useful up. Thanks!