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WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

We are using the IAP-214 model on 6.4.4.8-4.2.4.6. We are using the instant controller, with ClearPass for our authentication.

 

We recently deployed IPhone 7's among our users, which utilizes Wi-Fi calling. As we have areas in our deployment that don't have access to cellular networks, we need to utilize WiFi calling.

 

Our users are reporting that they are having the WiFi calls drop. As this is a new requirement, I'm tyring to identify what the best practice is for configuring WiFi calling on the aruba instants.

 

The phones are connected to an employee type SSID. Are there any recommended settings I should be using?

Guru Elite

Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

What calling system are you using?  That will determine what should be prioritized or not.  In addition, ultimate success will be determined by if the phone itself is prioritizing traffic from the phone to the AP.



Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

Hey,  Wifi Calling on the iPhone uses UDP4500/UDP500 (basically creates an IPSEC tunnel out. So this would be my first place too look, is this traffic being prioritised in the first case?

 

https://support.apple.com/et-ee/HT202944


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Frequent Contributor II

Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

I'll need a little help understanding the terms your asking for first

 

What is meant by which calling system I'm using/where can I find this?

 

I haven't done anything for prioitization of traffic. Where would this be found?

Guru Elite

Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls


David_Spencer wrote:

I'll need a little help understanding the terms your asking for first

 

What is meant by which calling system I'm using/where can I find this?

 

I haven't done anything for prioitization of traffic. Where would this be found?


Your dropped calls could be a symptom of poor wifi.  It is possible you can reduce or eliminate the drops if you optimize.  How many access points do you have?  Is this an indoor deployment?  The 214s have external antennas---is there a reason why you have external antennas?  Tell us something about your wifi deployment and what it is used for...



Colin Joseph
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Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

 

We are an industrial manufacturing complex, with indoor and outdoor requirements, and our location expands a few square kilometers. We have the site sectioned in to mutliple areas, each area with their own VC. We have airwave as the centralized management server for them.

 

In total we have 30 access points, with on average 400 connected clients. We are in the process of installing ~20 more access points

 

We chose the IAP-214s as they allow different antennas to be attached, some for indoor use and some for outdoor use, so that the APs are easy to repurpose.

In the office areas we have the access points distributed in a checkered fasion, so that no IAP is directly above another per floor (with some exceptions due to materials of the building), and an appropriate distance between them on the floors.

 

The manufacturing locations are placed as needed.

 

There are two main areas where the issue is occuring:

1) Our most populated access point in an office environment. Currently the IAP has 70 users connected. We are planning on installing a 2nd IAP in this cubicle room soon (about 30 meters away from the current unit. This area has 15 access points in total throughout the building currently.

 

2) In a Manufacturing Office area. Minimal users connecting. The surrounding environment has lots of heavy materials (steel plating everywhere). They do not receive Cellular networks in this area, so they must use WiFi calling, or landline. This area has 4 access points.

 

The wireless is used for business applications mostly. Majority of devices connecting are Smart Phones. No one should be using Video over wireless.

Guru Elite

Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

Got it.

 

How many SSIDs do you have?

Are you using 20 or 40mhz channels?

Do you have "Broadcast filter ARP" enabled for all of your SSIDs?

How high are your access points mounted in the area in question and what external antennas do you have connected to them?

What is the transmit power of your access points in that location?



Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

We have 3 SSID's.

  1. An Internal SSID, which all our users are on. (all users with the issue on this network). ARP broadcast filtering is on.
  2. A Guest SSID, Captive portal (guest access to DMZ) 
  3. A Contractor SSID, Captive Portal (guest access to internal VLAN).

In ARM, I'm at prefer 5GHz, Fair Access, with Client Match enabled. Min transmit power is at 12, max at 18. Wide Channel Bands at 5GHz.

VHT is enabled.

 

I can't recall where to check for 20MHz or 40MHz channels.

 

Ceilings are average height, <10 feet, where the IAPs are mounted.

 

These IAPs are using Aruba AP-ANT-1W antennas.

 

Transmit power is managed by ARM. (on default)

Guru Elite

Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

Looks good. Wide = 40 mhz channels. Which leaves you with 4 non-overlapping channels in most areas. I would uncheck that to gain 9 non-overlapping channels and to reduce contention.

Do you have broadcast filter ARP on all of your SSIDs?


Colin Joseph
Aruba Customer Engineering

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Re: WIFI calling configuration - dropped calls

For unchecking wide channel bands, My options are 2.4GHz, all, or none, which do you mean? (I assume None, but want to verify)

 

Broadcast Filter ARP is on all SSIDS except the Guest SSID. There was a reason for disabling it that I can't see in my documents right now.

 

 

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