I am in the process of specifying a set of upgrades to allow 802.11ax roaming in a campus consisting of several large warehouses. Right now, the network consists of 802.11g access points with very patchy coverage because of areas where it is problematic to run wired ethernet. I thought this would be a good place to use a mesh.
I am exploring using 802.11s for the mesh. There are a couple of things I don't understand though.
- When a station, say a laptop, connects to the mesh, does it also act to repeat the signal, as if it were another access point?
- Can I make use of the wired links that are already in place for the legacy network to improve the robustness of the mesh?
- If I have stations roaming between multiple buildings, and access points in different buildings are attached to different L3 wired segments, do they need to be completely separate meshes? All stations will be configured with DHCP.
Of course there is a redundant RADIUS server infrastructure for authentication.