AT&T router with 3 AT&T Wi-Fi extenders issues
I apologize for the lengthy post.
I live in a 3 floor townhome. I’m using my AT&T fiber router with 3 AT&T extenders. I have somewhere between 55-60 devices (iPhones, iPads, laptops, 6 cameras, and numerous “smart home” devices) online at given times. I have the router and an extender on the 2nd floor and extenders on the 1st & 3rd floors.
I have separated 2.4 & 5.0 ssids and assigned a channel for use by 2.4. I did this because I have an another app which shows all the 2.4 & 5.0 channels in use around me and I have selected a channel which is not so cluttered. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons I cannot set a channel in 5.0 - it is only set to automatic.
Prior to setting up the extenders, when the Wi-Fi router was only used on the 2nd floor, many smart devices capable of either 2.4 or 5.0 would skip around or lose connections completely. Splitting the ssids and adding extenders has reduced that greatly but I am still having connectivity issues, primarily with the cameras.
Here area my questions:
Why are the devices skipping around and connecting to the various extenders?
Sometimes they connect to the closest extender and sometimes one much further away.
Why do the 2.4 cameras NEVER connect to an extender? They will pass the extender 8’ from them and connect to the Wi-Fi router 20’ away.
Why are my extenders losing connection to the router several times a day?
Why do the majority of devices connect to the Wi-Fi router and skip the extenders and other times the extenders are primarily connected and 10 devices connected to the Wi-Fi router?