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I have both #1 wireless SSID's set to the exact same SSID and authentication with band steering enabled. I also have Two additional SSID's on the 2.4Ghz channel, and one other on the 5Ghz channel. I have deleted and reset the settings on the #1 SSID's multiple times to ensure that I didn't type something wrong or mis-enter or mis-click a setting. I understand that from reading other posts in the forums that band steering only works on the #1 SSID slot. The security on both 2.4 and 5Ghz channels is set to WPA2/PSK TKIP+AES. The second SSID on the 2.4Ghz channel is hidden, and is used by only our weather station client. Will Band steering have difficulty or not work at all if there are additional non-identical SSID's in the slots above #1? Right now both channels are set to Access Point operation, and the only other setting that is different is the Channel HT Mode, the 2.4Ghz is set to 20/40Mhz, and the 5Ghz channel is set to 40Mhz.
Follow the steps below to enable Band Steering, starting with the AP at factory defaults: Go to the Network > Wireless menu. Scroll down to Wireless Settings - 2.4GHz and click Enablenext to an SSID. Enter an SSID in the 2.4 GHz band. In the below image, I've created SSID =Smallnet13. Click Edit next to the newly created SSID. A new window appears. Select your Security Mode, Encryption, and Passphrase. Click Save at the bottom of the new window. The window will close. Scroll down to Wireless Settings - 5GHz menu and repeat steps 2-5, using the same values you used on the 2.4 GHz band for SSID, Security Mode, Encryption, and Passphrase and click Save. Scroll back to the top and click Enable on the Band Steering option. Scroll to the bottom and click Save. Once the the Save completes, click on Changes in the top right corner. Click Apply in the window that appears. Once the window closes, your changes are now active in the AP. share link to you. http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-howto/32754-reduce-wi-fi-congestion-with-band-steering