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Wi-Fi Client Adapter Connection and Roaming Behavior


Last Reviewed: 13-Jan-2017
Article ID: 000006020


What am I seeing?
One of the following roaming behaviors may be experienced:

  • Initial connection is not always to closest access point (AP) or broadband Wi-Fi router
  • Roaming is not always to an AP/router with a greater indicated signal strength
  • Roaming is not always to the closest AP/router
  • Roaming is not immediate

How to fix

In most cases, this behavior is normal and expected. If your Wi-Fi network has multiple APs/routers, the client adapter can roam (automatically select and switch to another AP/router) from one AP/router to another.

The roaming behavior is designed to increase the efficiency of the Wi-Fi network by minimizing unnecessary data traffic. The behavior also aids in conserving battery power consumption.

The roaming is based on signal quality rather than distance to an AP/router. Changes in the signal quality are monitored by the adapter to determine whether a roam should occur. However, if the signal quality to an AP/router that is further away remains good the client may not roam to a nearer AP/router, or may not roam immediately.