I'm setting up a new MT box for a tower site that has 3 sectors.
I asked these questions on bridging in the general networking forum and then I discovered WDS.
Let me explain my setup.
Currently, we're running two Proxim AP-2000 boxes at the tower site. One of these has one wireless PCMCIA card and the other has two cards. Each of the three cards (802.11b) are running on different channels and different SSIDs, all using the same subnet. We're trying to use the non-overlapping channels, ie channel 1, 6, and 11.
I've read however, that despite their channel settings, if they're in close proximity of one another, they will interfere with each other a little bit.
And so after reading about WDS, I'm thinking it would be better to configure this new MT box to use WDS, rather than configure it with different channels and SSIDs, especially since the wireless cards are so close together (more so in this MT box).
Also, and I'm not sure if this is related to that, or its to do with the cards themselves, but for this MT box, we purchased some of the Prism 200mW miniPCI cards (from Wisp-router.com) and using my boss's laptop, I had to place his laptop right next the cards to get 4 bars or so in Windows XP. (2 feet away, I'd get 1 bar) (The 65mW CM9's from MikroTik seemed to perform better than this, atleast while having just one, in an RB532.)
If it helps, the MT box we're testing this on is an old P2-266MHz system.