I am thinking on the implementation of a Wifi mesh, with the restriction that all AP-AP communication, including routing/bridging, should happen on ethernet.
The reasons, why the lack of radio-based AP-AP contact is unwelcomed, are multiple:
- There are multiple APs being far away from the others, I can not guarantee a fully connected network on the 802.11 level. But the cabling is okay.
- The radio network is often overloaded or unstable, I can not risk the most hilarious problems if the APs can not talk correctly.
- I do not want to further multiply the load by forwarding data over radio.
- I also find it hilarious that APs use radio to talk to each other, while there is a fully stable and working wired backend available.
I do not want AP-AP communication or radio, all of it should happen on cable (bridged to 802.3).
Thus, the goal is that the APs talk to each other only on 802.3, while end devices "see" a mesh network.
However, practically all the info I could google for that, is about the 802.11s standard. This standard describes mesh (wireless distribution system) on a purely radio-based, 802.11 level. As I understood from the (quite fragmented, rare) docs, it has simply nothing to do to any wired communication.
Does such a system exist? How is it being done?