In IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) terminology, a station (abbreviated as STA) is a device that has the capability to use the 802.11 protocol. For example, a station may be a laptop, a desktop PC, PDA, access point or Wi-Fi phone. An STA may be fixed, mobile or portable. In this article, we will briefly explain whether an STA can automatically switch to an access point with stronger signal strength in a smart Wi-Fi coverage network.
- For an STA that has the capability of roaming aggressiveness, it automatically compares the signal strength among detected access points and switches to an access point with stronger signal strength.
- For an STA that does not have the capability of roaming aggressiveness, if the ONT (Huawei HG8546M, EG8145V5…)finds that the signal strength of the Wi-Fi device is poor, the ONT disconnects the Wi-Fi device from its current access point and the Wi-Fi device has to look for an access point with stronger signal strength.
From the above article we learned that an STA can automatically switch to an access point with stronger signal strength.
But the action of Wi-Fi roaming and switching is mainly dependent to the user’s Wi-Fi terminal. Some Wi-Fi terminals will continuously attempt to connect to the access point from which they had been disconnected rather than looking for an access point with stronger signal strength. For these Wi-Fi terminals, please contact the vendor to resolve the roaming and switching issues.