I am trying to track down some performance issues on my wireless network, and hope someone out there will help educate me! My environment:
- Access Points are all 1231, 1242, and 1252
- The 802.11g radios are active
- All APs are configured to use Channel 4
- WEP security (I know, I know ...)
- Clients are either laptop users (mostly Dells) or Intermec vehicle-mounted terminals with Prism NICs
- Clients are VERY active as far as moving around the building
Here is what I *think* is happening:
- The clients don't "roam" as quickly as I think they should - in other words, they remain associated to the active AP too long. Their signal gets too low before they pick up another AP.
I wonder if I need to adjust the data rates on the APs (like maybe disable the lowest ones). For example, if I disable the 1.0, 2, and 5.5 Mb/sec rates, does that mean that a client will look for another AP when the "speed" drops below 6 Mb/sec? If so, then by disabling the lowest data rates, the client would be forced to find another AP before the data rates drops to nothing, right?
I also don't understand the power ratings - I've just left them at the default settings - does this affect performance as well?
Thanks in advance ...