Two completely separate networks with same SSID

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kj7ym

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I have inherited a campus that has a Cisco AP network and controller, and a Ubiquiti AP network and controller.
They both broadcast the same SSID and overlap each other in a totally unplanned and random way.. I believe it is the cause of many users devices disconnecting and reconnecting continuously. If I rename the SSID of the opposing Network to a different SSID will it help eliminate this?
 

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Yes, it should. Your setup is a larger scale of what many people do here with using independent SOHO routers as APs to extend a single SSID. In a home situation, this setup is passable. But as you can see, the issues you're running in to is precisely why having independent APs broadcasting the same SSID can be very problematic.
 

kj7ym

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Thank You ZX10Guy. At 3AM I had 190 users connected when I renamed the SSID for the Ubiquiti devices. There are only 248 AP's on that controller. As they reset we watched the count drop to zero. For the next 45 minutes I only had one user return. Of course it was 3:AM, so no real panic yet. I took a snooze and now it is 8:AM on a Saturday morning.only seven have returned so far. We now have 7 users. Scary but it is the weekend and the new semester dose not start for a few days. I can tell that all of the connections are in the student dormitories. I bet those 7 guys have a really blazing connection speed! :) I will wait and see if more find their way back.
 
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