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It is my understanding that if an ESSID is used by several sets of APs on several channels (let's say one AP = one channel only), then two APs sharing a BSSID should also share their radio configuration, including the channel, allowing for a partition of the clients over BSSIDs/channels. But my understanding of this kind of setup is limited and it would be great if someone could either confirm or explain my mistake.

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  • No, the radios are independent, and it is common to set adjacent WAPs to different channels, power levels, etc. – Ron Maupin Oct 13 '20 at 22:10
  • @RonMaupin OK, what is the distinction then between two APs with same ESSID and BSSID, and two APs with same ESSID but different BSSIDs? – Eusebius Oct 13 '20 at 22:32
  • Or maybe my misunderstanding is deeper, and two APs in an infrastructure should never have the same BSSID. I can't find the source anymore of how I got this idea, so I might just have misread an article about having several BSSIDs on the same AP. – Eusebius Oct 13 '20 at 22:48

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