I'm looking at deploying some more MikroTik APs and I'm hoping someone can shed some light on the subject for me.
I have a building I'd like to place an AP on and then place 4 - 6 more APs around 100 ft (~30 m) away from it. The APs would have line of sight and little interference as the area is remote with little neighboring RF.
Looking at a product like the WAP AC it seems to only have 2 radio's (2.4GHz and 5GHz). I'd like to be able to offer dual-band service (2.4GHz and 5GHz) to devices to ensure more wide-spread device compatibility. This would allow the 5GHz capable devices that are close enough to the AP to use that band and radio softening the load on the 2.4GHz side.
If I do that, broadcast a client SSID and connect as a client, on the same 5GHz radio I'd imagine I'll suffer from the common problem of wireless mesh and I could see a reduction in performance. Does the MIMO (triple chain) of the product off-set the loss of air-time in this case? Would I be better off setting up a dedicated 5GHz network on a non-conflicting channel and feed the WAP AC units off of that? This of course adds cost by needing an extra device at each AP to perform the "repeater-bridge" function and doesn't look as clean.
The area is a marina and running Ethernet out onto the docks while ideal from a networking perspective isn't as ideal from a installation perspective. They already have power at various points and I'd like to just tie into the power-source, mount an AP and go.