Mesh network clients constantly connect to wrong access point

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Mesh network clients constantly connect to wrong access point

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  1. RT2600ac
  2. MR2200ac
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I have a network setup with an RT2600AC as my router, and two MR2200AC units as access points with wired backhaul - both placed probably 50-60 feet from the router. I have three primary networks: Homewifi, guest, and an IoT network that is 2.6 only. I have observed that my devices on the IoT network are constantly unavailable despite all having an AP in reasonable proximity. For example, I have a cluster of devices in my living room that sit no more than 10 feet from an MR2200 AP (some are less than a foot away) and instead connect to the base unit across the house and through rock. When I look in the router I see the connection and a tiny signal. This network has been set up for months so surely it could have optimized itself by now. How can I fix this? Most of what I read says the clients decide but they are clearly making dumb decisions. Can I set up a network to be accessible only on certain access points? I am getting really frustrated and the only solution I can think of is to set the three units up as independent WIFI networks - which would stink because then I would not have a seamless WIFI network for regular clients to use anywhere in the house
 

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