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Change AP power

Hi,

 

Controller - 7210(Master-Local) AOS 6.5.4, IAP325(Campus AP mode) managed by controller.

In our office thre are 8 AP(AP1- AP8) on cubical + cabin floor. We observed AP7 has associated with 47 clients(mostly n phy, radio status --> poor) and AP8 has associated with 42 clients.

We are trying to divert some clients to nearby AP by decreasing AP7 and AP8 and increasing neighbour AP power.

 

I have followed below URL to change AP power level

http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Controller-Based-WLANs/How-to-change-the-Transmit-power-of-a-specific-AP-s-in-an-AP/ta-p/185876

 

below are the query(in our setup AP is working on default power)

1) can i change power for AP so that will be applicable for a, b, g and n band instead of changing power for band(as per above url)

2) Is there any commnad(Webui) to check client Rx and Tx power.

 

Thank you...


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Re: Change AP power

1, You would need to look at the specification of the particular device to find it max Tx and Rx rates.

2,  I'm not sure. If your aim is to reduce the AP power on 2 particular APs to attempt to balance clients more evenly then, just do that. Leave the ARM settings as they were and just change the min & max Tx power on the 2 APs.

 

Do you have clinet match enabled?

 


Cheers
James
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Re: Change AP power


@nik-mh wrote:

 

1) can i change power for AP so that will be applicable for a, b, g and n band instead of changing power for band(as per above url)

2) Is there any commnad(Webui) to check client Rx and Tx power.


1, The URL shows you how to change power on the bands you've mentioned. 

2, No. It's not possible to change the client Rx and Tx from the controller.

 


Cheers
James
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Re: Change AP power

Hi James,

 

Sorry for the confusion.

I want to know below information.

 

1) How can we check client Tx and Rx rate. so we can assigned the same power level for respective radio band.

2) Under AP specific ARM profile if we set Assignement --> Single-band

and 160 Mhz support --> Auto    what will be benifits and impact or its better to set Assignement --> disable

 

Thank you..

 

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Re: Change AP power

1, You would need to look at the specification of the particular device to find it max Tx and Rx rates.

2,  I'm not sure. If your aim is to reduce the AP power on 2 particular APs to attempt to balance clients more evenly then, just do that. Leave the ARM settings as they were and just change the min & max Tx power on the 2 APs.

 

Do you have clinet match enabled?

 


Cheers
James
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Re: Change AP power

James,

 

I am in a similiar situation, I want to lower power and I assume do to so I would need to create a new AP group for those specific aps? I do have client match currently enabled but even with that, I have to much coverage so to speak looking at Visual RF.

 

My client devices won't stay associated to one access point longer than 1-2min before moving to one close by.

 

Thanks

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Re: Change AP power

but how to change the min/max tx power for a specific AP via the cli on the controller ArubaOS (MODEL: Aruba7210-IL), Version 8.4.0.4 ?

 

tnx,

ams

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Re: Change AP power

A couple of quick thoughts. First off, you probably should be using 20 MHz or 40 MHz, or possibly 80 MHz channel widths. If you have multiple APs on the same channel and AP1 and/or it's clients can hear the RF from any other AP or client on the same channel, you will have co-channel interference, which will decrease the performance of your network. Often, more APs at lower channel width is better.

 

Also, remember that it is important to remember that the power of the client transmission is typically less than that of the AP. So you need to make sure that the station is able to communicate with the AP. Also, if the signal is less, the client or AP will drop down to a lower data rate, which takes more time to transmit data, which could be worse.

 

Just some thoughts. I hope this helps.

David
Sr. Trainer and Author of "Understanding ArubaOS: Version 8.x" book

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Re: Change AP power

tnx 4 ur rapid reply.
bandwidth is set to 20mhz for the 2.4ghz band and 80mhz for 5ghz band.

i am wondering why u mention the matter of the client tx power.
lowering the ap's tx power may cause the client to boost its tx power since
it will be receiving a weaker signal.
but...
whats worse? (or is it the same?)
a) ap's high tx power
]b) client high tx power

they can both have the same effect of causing interference to nearby
connections
using the same or adjacent channels.

my situation is that we have lots of nearby ap's in lecture rooms and dorms.
(by 'nearby' i means within 10 meters, usually less. i've even seen some on
opposite side of the same air-cavity block walls.)
at some locations i get lots of complaints of slow downloads and even
disconnects. since a pic is worth more that 1000's of words, i'll attach
some screenshots from the analysis tool in run on my cellphone.

btw, tnx lots for the useful information and insights, but.. why didn't u
answer my
question? how to fiddle with the tx power (min/max tx power) via the cli?

tnx
ams

avraham shir-el (arthur m. sherman)
computing center (tikshuv)
jerusalem college of technology - machon lev, naveh, tal, lustig
p. 972-2-675-1163
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Re: Change AP power

I did not see an attachment.

 

2.4 GHz should ALWAYS be at 20 MHz, which you have, which is good. If you have that many APs near each other, you may want/need to go down to 20 MHz wide channels to minimize co-channel interference (CCI). More channels with less interference will be more productive.

 

APs can transmit at up to 100 mW of power. Client devices are typically 25 mW or less. If the AP is screaming at 100 mW and the client device is only talking back to the AP, then the AP can't hear the client. Lowering the AP power will not cause the client to boost it's tx power. The client power does not fluctuate, it is set at what it is. The AP power only changes if ARM decides to set it at a lower power, or if it is manually set at a lower power.

 

In 5 GHz, you can experience CCI, but would not experience adjacent channel interference (ACI) since the 5 GHz channels do not overlap (the 2.4 GHz channels do/can overlap).

 

With lot's of APs near each other, they should all be on different channels. If you can do that with 80 MHz wide channels, great. If not, dan you do it with 40 MHz wide channels, then great. If not, then go to 20 MHz wide channels. Avoiding CCI at all cost and having clients connect at the highest data rate possible (typically achieved with higher density AP placement, that you have) are the top two items in design that will provide the best performance for the entire network.

 

I didn't answer your specific question because I don't remember exactly how to do it on OS 6.

 

I would suggest buying one of the CWNA Study Guides (I'm partial to the Sybex book) or sitting in on a CWNA class to learn about 802.11 and RF, so you can better understand and support your environment.

 

I hope this helps,

David
Sr. Trainer and Author of "Understanding ArubaOS: Version 8.x" book

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Re: Change AP power

apparently the attachments go lost when the aruba website xfered my email response to theairhead community website.

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