Two SSID's broadcasting from two AP's yet very different signal strengths for Dell Wyse wifi enabled thin client.

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We have to AP's broadcasting two SSID's. One called GUEST with internet only--the other with server access called CORP. Why is my Dell Wyse client seeing the GUEST SSID, full 100% signal strength but seeing the CORP SSID as no signal or under 10% signal strength? The SSID's are broadcasting from the same AP's....

They have the same policy and settings on them. The only thing that is set different is the password and the access. Doesn't make sense to me.

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Jonas Dekkers

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Very strange. Maybe you can look with a program like INSSIDER or Wifi analyzer if it is the same mac address (so you are sure you are comparing the same access point).

Maybe push a full configuration to all the access points and test it again?
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I would suggest using a piece of wardriving software as well. Device 'wireless strength' indicators on client devices are not accurate and don't give you a full view of the RF environment. 
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This is very common and I see it quite often on cell phones as well as laptops. The client has no concept of one AP and two SSID. Often the clients will grab onto the open SSID then PSK then Enterprise. If it grabs the open from the strongest AP it sometimes grabs the next strongest from a different AP. And yes even if the signal strength is very poor. I have an AP on my desk( Not sure if there is any code logic behind this but just what I have seen on many occasions. As Luke and Jonas pointed out good software will give you a much more accurate picture of what the client "sees" as compared to the built in indicator.