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Super Contributor II
Posts: 355
Registered: ‎02-22-2011

ARM and VHT80 mode

Hi All,

 

I'm looking for an explanation as to how VHT80 mode works with ARM and channel planning.

 

I have a large network of AP-225 and i can see all the AP's with a-VHT mode channels allocated to channels that are within the VHT80 group assignments from Airwave and the BSS Table however i'd like to understand how the AP consumes channels when a VHT 80 client tries to connect?

 

For example.

 

If i have an AP on channel 44 in a-VHT mode servicing 802.11n clients and then a client connects to that AP using VHT80 ,will the AP switch channels to consume all 36-48 block? What happens to the n clients, are they shifted to the edge channels or do they continue to use 44 as the centre channel?

 

How is this represented in the ap bss table?

 

 

Scott

MVP
Posts: 4,269
Registered: ‎07-20-2011

Re: ARM and VHT80 mode

[ Edited ]

 


If the 802.11ac detects a 802.11n device It uses a protection mechanism similar to the way 802.11g/a to communicate to older 802.11b it sends RTS/CTS (so the devices know how long the device will have the medium) on each of the 20 MHz channel (instead of using 80 MHz bonded channel) 

 

802.11n device will use the primary channel and if the device is able to support 40 Mhz then will use the next secondary channel : CH - or CH +

 

The 802.11ac will still use the same OFDM channel planning setup as the 802.11n and are able to switch between 40 / 20 Mhz per packet basis

 

 

 

Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA
Super Contributor II
Posts: 355
Registered: ‎02-22-2011

Re: ARM and VHT80 mode

so how does the controller allocate the VHT80 channel?

 

with HT40 i recall it used to specify the channel and the +or - eg 36+ but in VHT mode it doesn't appear to do this for VHT80?

MVP
Posts: 4,269
Registered: ‎07-20-2011

Re: ARM and VHT80 mode

[ Edited ]

 

if you run the following command you will be able to tell :

 

show ap active 

 test-225-12              Feldberg-106  10.66.8.133  0            AP:HT:1/3/21         0            AP:VHT:48E/15/21     225      Ada

 

show ap arm rf-summary ap-name

 

VHT Channel Summary
-------------------
channel_group 80MHz_intf_index
------------- ----------------
149-161 41
36-48 94

Interface Name :wifi0
Current ARM Assignment :48E/15

 

http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/802-11ac-Webinar-quot-Network-Readiness-Action-Plan-quot-Q-amp-A/ba-p/74340

 

Thank you

Victor Fabian
Lead Mobility Engineer @ Integration Partners
AMFX | ACMX | ACDX | ACCX | CWAP | CWDP | CWNA
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