Network Manager prefers further away AP when there are multiple
Hello, I've been having a problem on Ubuntu which I believe is behavior with Network Manager, I posted a bug first with Ubuntu, and I was directed here https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager/+bug/1884008
I'm on Ubuntu 20.04. My Wifi set-up has multiple access points throughout my home, and they all have the same SSID. It doesn't matter where I am in my home though, network manager always connects to one particular AP. If I list all the access points with
nmcli dev wifi list I can see that it even picks that one access point if it is the farthest away one:
76:83:C2:BB:34:2A -- Infra 36 405 Mbit/s 97 ▂▄▆█ WPA2 74:83:C2:BB:34:2A my_access_point Infra 36 405 Mbit/s 95 ▂▄▆█ WPA2 74:83:C2:BA:34:2A my_access_point Infra 1 195 Mbit/s 94 ▂▄▆█ WPA2 76:83:C2:BA:34:2A -- Infra 1 195 Mbit/s 94 ▂▄▆█ WPA2 B6:FB:E4:45:CA:82 -- Infra 157 405 Mbit/s 44 ▂▄__ WPA2 * B4:FB:E4:45:CA:82 my_access_point Infra 157 405 Mbit/s 44 ▂▄__ WPA2 B6:FB:E4:44:CA:82 -- Infra 11 195 Mbit/s 42 ▂▄__ WPA2 B4:FB:E4:44:CA:82 my_access_point Infra 11 195 Mbit/s 40 ▂▄__ WPA2
It is true that if I change the BSSID field in the wifi settings I can get it to connect to a particular one, but that is not sufficient. I have a laptop, and if I move around my home I need it to connect to the closest one, and switching manually to whichever one is closest is not practical.
I can't even create multiple entries for each BSSID in the list of networks, if I try many different networks appear with the same name and random numbers and I can't even label them.
This is network manager version 1.22.10-1ubuntu2.1