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Best practices for preserving bandwidth for corp use and limiting guests

What options do we have at our disposal to restrict or throttle guest users so we can esure bandwidth availability and prioritise airtime for corporate applicaion?

 

Could we, for example, put a 5mbps limit on streaming media using AppRF for that particular user group/role?  Looking at the gui, there doesnt seem to be categories for this.

 

Or is there a more elegant solution?

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Re: Best practices for preserving bandwidth for corp use and limiting guests

Is this at a remote site or at a regular campus site?


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Re: Best practices for preserving bandwidth for corp use and limiting guests

Campus site, 500 APs (300's and 200's), 3000 connected devices, potentially 1000 guest expected to use the network.  2x 7220 Controllers.

 

Thanks

Guru Elite

Re: Best practices for preserving bandwidth for corp use and limiting guests

This is just my opinion:

Unless you have a real problem with guest/user bandwidth at that site, don't limit guest bandwidth.  Some companies have limited guest bandwidth and it just generates complaints when important people who visit to present simply cannot do that effectively because of the poor bandwidth.  

 

You can either do that or set a per-user bandwidth contract fairly high.

 

Either way, you don't want to have to tweak your system constantly because of complaints.

 

 


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Re: Best practices for preserving bandwidth for corp use and limiting guests

My learnings from ECSE course.
Since wireless is a shared medium, when you throttle certain users, they actually consume more airtime to acheive their task, which leads to slow wireless network.

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Re: Best practices for preserving bandwidth for corp use and limiting guests

By a guest, i simply mean a non professional visitor.  These visitors will be getting free interenet access, so no real right to complain, and they should be greatful that we arent blocking streaming media full stop!

 

We simply dont want staff not being able to do their job bcause all of the airitme is being consumed by visitors.  

 

A third party is providing the actual service, we are just hosting the SSID and routing all of the traffic to their gateway straight off the controller. 

 

The way Im thinking about it, is if we can limit these visitors to 5mbps for streaming media, even if there are 20 of them on 1 AP, thats 100mbps, leaving plenty of hedroom for staff.

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Re: Best practices for preserving bandwidth for corp use and limiting guests

Hi

As far as I know you can configure that. But please take the previous replies into consideration. Limiting users (guest or professional) it not recommended.
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