Client has 1 (consumer grade) b/g/n AP (Cisco / Linksys)
Both bands in operation, auto-channel-select enabled on 2.4, channel 153 at 80MHz on 5GHz
Client complaining of poor WiFi Performance
AirMagnet shows very congested airspace - 19 SSIDs / 25 WAPs in the surrounding offices / buildings
Every "alien" AP is operating on 1, 6, or 11 on 2.4
Two APs are operating close enough to channel 153 to concern me
I need to solve the client's problem. Certainly getting the consumer-grade WAP out of there is the first step. I'd like to put in a pair of Unleashed R600 access points.
What are your high-level config recommendations to help deal with the congestion / neighboring WLANs? Would a couple of APs placed in the right locations, along with ChannelFly do the trick?
Credibility concern: Removing the existing AP with auto-channel capabilities and replacing it with different (albeit commercial grade) APs with the same type of feature. I need to be careful how I explain this, and confident that ChannelFly (if used) will work better than what's already there.
why two of the R600? when requirement is currently met by one of consumer grade b/g/n AP (Cisco / Linksys)
R600 would be far superior in range, client handling capacity etc...
If congestion / neighboring WLANs is the problem then ChannelFly will do the trick however i would suggest that have channelfly ON but also enables MTBC function so that you have channelfly but it will switch channel at less intervals..
Then from the results I would look at the standards used, channel occupancy and signal levels in the areas of concern.
Note: If there are AP's using the lower rates i.e. 802.11b , then you may need an AP that uses AirtimeFairness to mitigate the probability of the DCF MAC issue - cue Ruckus AP's.
If there aren't any 802.11b AP's, you may be able to just simply add in another Cisco/Linksys AP and shout louder than everyone else, making sure you try and use the least congested channels to help with airtime.