High latency on Apple devices vs. Windows

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New to Ruckus and working on a deployment for a hotel/resort property. We've gotten reports of connectivity issues with the POS system that runs on iPads carried around by the servers. I did some digging and I noticed high latency spikes when pinging the iPads. Pings will sit below 10ms for maybe 10 pings, then bounce up anywhere between 50-250ms for another 10 pings or so, then come back down, with some variations. I'm able to reproduce this issue with Apple laptops as well. We've done a site survey, signal and SNR values all look good. What's odd is on Windows devices I'm not able to reproduce the issue. A windows devices connected to the same WLAN on the same AP as a Mac device will maintain low latency, while a Mac or iPad will spike. 

I have a case open with support, but I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions/tips on things that can be done from a config standpoint to try and make Apple devices happier. I'm running the latest version of the vSZ and using R720s and T710 omnis. Thanks. 
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Lou Kalis

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I have seen something similar where a MacBook or ios device will be between two ap's and sometimes grab the closest one while the person passes it and then not roam to the next closest ap if the 1st one you passed is still holding a +70 or so db value.  I have also reported to this support who is aware and actively investigating.  Perhaps this is also your issue?  We are cloud-managed and leveraging R600's internally and T301S's externally.
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try taking a look at the  OSX battery/ power saving settings:

system preferenes->energy saver
try setting it all to "max" no sleep /no power save
"wake" for network access.
it "*might" be power save sleep, being woken by "wake for network access"


I was having such issues back in 2014, but now I see >150Mb/s from ruckus R500's to mac airs.
and switching between wifi points ... is spot on.... no flip flop.

but what i HAVE seen.. is multiple ssid's screwing things up, where the macs
"flip-flop" between other  SSID's that have stronger signals.

A situation can arise where it sees  another AP, sees the "wrong ssid" first then flips ssid even though its the same network.. running differnt ssid's, ESP. if there are 3rd party ssid's visible,  from what i have seen it looks like the apple wifi logic (in china we see hundreds if not thousands of SSID's where idiots have thrown on "burners")
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I do not have a work around yet.

While I see why those power savings might help, I'm in the same situation at BTT. We both have public customers accessing our "free" wireless. We can't be available to help everyone who wanders in at any time to make those setting changes.

Apple still insists on setting their own standards and forcing manufacturers to react to their products. This costs companies a lot of time and money to focus on apple alone. We had similar issues with Extreme Wireless prior pertaining to some products.

I have faith that the Ruckus dev team will solve this.

Please let us know when support solves the issue or offers a controller/ap update.

I hope this is solved quickly for you.
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Nope... not correct.......
I'm no apple fan boy...
One thing they do is stick to industry standards, unless the standard is poorly defined... then it's brue willis on steroids... patents to be grabbed...

I won't tell you the number of arguments i have had with apple internal staff over this..
(i don't mean the clowns at the "genius" bar.. but rather actual os programmers)

Where  the  stuff" does not behave inline with other manufactureres equipment....
only to be shown the standards..

I get just as much hassle from windows 10 users of wifi, but then again my environment is possibly one of the most polluted, poorly regulated environments.

I also worked with ruckus internal staff back in 2014 & apple over "sleep" issues related to apple products.& WIFI . and there was a hole in the standard.

but let's be clear.. much of this chaos is actually brordcom,
Apple don't write the wifi core & API that sits in the WIFI chips ,and one of the BIGGEST mistakes apple make in this area is that once a WIFI chip is in an Apple product, the likelyhood of a WIFI update to the core silicon FW is almost 0% (started to change on 10.14 & 10.15)

I have macs from the SAME batch with the same wifi chips but different BC firmware... that have "odd wifi" and you cannot update it,
This was so much of an issue that in the past i refused to buy apple kit unless i could find out the version of BC software on the chips.
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Lou, Caveman. Thanks, this is all very interesting feedback. Once I mentioned to the support engineer on my ticket that issues seem to impact mostly Apple devices he's suddenly gone somewhat MIA, so once I track him down I'll share what I learn. As far as Caveman's comments, I was seeing devices jumping SSIDs. In my case though I attribute this to user error, joining the wrong network, then joining the right one but not forgetting the wrong one. Once I removed the "wrong" networks from devices remembered networks that issue was resolved. Your comments on updates to the actual WiFi chips are also very interesting, I had no idea about that. Is there any way to actually check the version installed on a given Mac and then confirm whatever the latest actually is for the chip you have?
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It's not the "APS" specifically, it is as if there is a fight between signal levels the device sees.
(specifically if multiple SSID's are on the SAME multiple AP equipment, registered to the SAME device AND "poor" overlapping of AP's', where the  SSID is in the devices access list)

to access the OSX data
About this mac->system report->wifi

10.14.6

  Card Type:    AirPort Extreme  (0x14E4, 0x134)
  Firmware Version:    Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (7.77.61.3 AirPortDriverBrcmNIC-1305.10)

similar mac
10.12.6

  Card Type:    AirPort Extreme  (0x14E4, 0x112)
  Firmware Version:    Broadcom BCM43xx 1.0 (7.21.171.134.1a2)

The "card types" are not always indicating a "different"  wifi board...,they are set to "tag" if a wifi board has been removed from one model range & placed in another....
Pfffff. Apple.....


We have a batch of 2011 mac air's all the "same" but the wifi FW is like a drunken hooker... all over the place.


All have the "latest" relevent os for the version. so fully updated 10.14.6, 10.12.6 etc
but still the FW is NOT synced... so any posts related to macs are likely to be  inconsistent.......


One of our factory sites covers several square KM.. so there is a  "lot" of opertunity for roming & handoffs...


I do a lot of work in  Asia /China, and as previously stated  the wifi environment is VERY hostile.
there is  a  "China" app with certain links. .. think tick tock ...
that gives you "free" wifi.

After an analysis of the app and the network traffic.. I found  that it actually "steals" every wifi pw entred onto a device via key logging.
Sends them to a "centalised" server along with MACS & wifi points seen
then as people "roam" about China, it install the wifi points & relevent pw's.

Wala... "free wifi",  but in doing so it is continually shoving in conflicting wifi  aps.
to the device.
ontop of this  we have the thousands of staff who think more is better, and have devices with several hundred WIFI acess points.








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