How to place AP's from different manufacturers in high-density network

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I've currently got a less than ideal situation in a high-density network with AP's by both Aerohive  and Sophos in just about equal number (10 each), some of them in close proximity to one another covering essentially the same area.

I'd be grateful for guidance as to how I should locate the APs for best performance.  I could put all the Sophos APs in one building and the Aerohive APs in another to separate their coverage areas completely, but I wonder if it would be more convenient for users if the two types could be interspersed throughout the two buildings - meaning some Aerohive AP's would cover the same area as Sophos AP's, and whether the AP's could manage channel and allocation power management to avoid interfering with one another. 

Further, if the Sophos and Aerohive APs can be interspersed, I wonder if can I use automatic channel and power selection or whether I should apply manual settings on the ones that are covering the same area in order to avoid interference.  I've disabled 2.4GHz radios on all the Aerohive AP's and have heard no complaints.

I'm going to have to continue using the Sophos APs for likely another two years and hope to find the right setup to optimize WLAN performance.

Thanks,

Steve
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Steve Kellogg

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The best way is to use auto channel and power on both vendors, perform a post survey and test and adjust the channels and power manually if required. My concern about using multi vendors in the same area is you may potentially to have roaming issues.
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Thanks very much for your reply.  I think I'll keep the two vendors separate - the number of AP's in each building will be just right and people who move back and forth will just have two networks configured on their devices.  I've noticed quite a bit of retries and interference where two different AP's are in close proximity.  Moving them even 50' apart helps but I think I'll be safer with them separated.  I'll have a chance to do that over the semester break and then compare performance. 

Thanks again,

Steve