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Fri, Dec 5, 2014 11:29 PM

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Optimizing client switching between Access Points

I have a 7372 and R600 is there a way to set this up so that devices pick the AP providing the strongest signal?

I originally set them up with the same SSID but then all devices seemed to pickup on the 7372 instead of the R600, so right now I have two separate SSIDs

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6 years ago

Hi Bram,

You can use Max client feature which allows you at set a limit. Take a look at the screenshot for more info:

Configure --> WLAN --> Edit --> Advanced settings: Max clients

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once set limit is reached, that AP will stop accepting new connections for that WLAN

Hope this helps.

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Thanks, but I'd need to have a zone director for that though?

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6 years ago

You don't need a ZD for setting absolute max # of clients. Per the ZF 9.8 CLI manual:

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max-aid
Use max-aid to limit the number of clients that can associate to the WLAN.
Syntax
get max-aid
set max-aid [value]
Description
get max-aid -- Get the maximum number of allowed associated IDs for the WLAN
set max-aid [value] -- Set the maximum number of associated IDs allowed for the WLAN
Example
rkscli: get max-aid wlan0 Max Assoc ID is 256
OK
rkscli: set max-aid wlan0 100 OK
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So you can set this per wlan (e.g. per band) on each AP. What the ZoneDirector gets you is dynamic load balancing, which basically sets soft and hard max client limits per AP dynamically based off whether or not there's a nearby alternative AP and how many clients are associated with each AP at the exact point in time a new client attempts to associate.

But if you know, for example, there's only going to be 30 clients in an area where two AP's cover, you can set the max-aid to 20 as a crude simulation of the ZoneDirector load balancing ability.

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6 years ago

Great, that's perfect! This is indeed the situation that I'm planning for.

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6 years ago

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6 years ago

Hi - in the zone director screens where to you go to turn this on

"If you have a controller, you will be able to enable 802.11r/k fast transitions."

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It's under your wlan's settings (Config -> Wlan -> hit edit on your wlan). You'll find a checkbox for 802.11r (FT Roaming) and one for 802.11k neighbor lists — it's best to enable both or disable both.

Note that turning on 802.11r may cause ancient clients (e.g. more than 3 year old OS'es) to refuse to connect to your network. If you have to support such clients, you may need to clone your wlan so that you have one that's 802.11k/r capable and one that is not.

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EDIT, now that I have access to my ZD, I can be more explicit. Just go to Config -> Wlan, hit Edit by your wlan, and then check the two red boxed items:



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that's great - thank you