Radio Transmit Power Control (TPC) Settings - Power Threshold

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Jun 3rd, 2008
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Hello all,

Reading the following document

Can some explain to me a little better what the "Power threshold does"

Dont know if its me, but I am finding the text below a little hard to understand?

It says it is only for downward power control? Man, im confused?

Power Threshold-This value (in dBm) is the cutoff signal level at which the TPC algorithm will adjust power levels downward, such that this value is the strength at which an AP's third strongest neighbor is heard. In certain rare occasions where the RF environment has been deemed too “hot”, in the sense that the APs in a probable high-density scenario are transmitting at higher-than-desired transmit power levels, the config advanced 802.11b tx-power-control-thresh command can be used to allow downward power adjustments. This enables the APs to hear their third neighbor with a greater degree of RF separation, which enables the neighboring AP to transmit at a lower power level. This has been an un-modifiable parameter until software release 3.2. The new configurable value ranges from -50dBm to -80dBm and can only be changed from the controller's CLI.

Many thx indeed,


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Rob Huffman Wed, 06/04/2008 - 05:45
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Hi Ken,

Aaron, great description of this feature! +5 points for sure.

I always relate this to a Temperature "Set Point" or Trigger. When you reach the Set Point the AC kicks in to cool things off (hahaha).

Take care,


kfarrington Wed, 06/04/2008 - 07:42
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That is a excellent way of looking at it :))

Very helpful mate!

cheers fella



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