How to ensure maximum client compatibility and stability in 802.11a/b/g/n networks?
I am running a Wireless network based on the WLC 5508 6 SW version, (with WCS mgmt) and 1142 APs. I would like a broad variety of clients, old G clients and new N clients to experience a stable connection to the network. I see Apple Macbooks, Lenovo-, Dell- and HP laptops in addition to HTC smartphones and iPhones on this network.
I am having issues with some types of clients experiencing "unstable" connections. They are able to get a link for a variable ammount of time, then suddenly loose connection for a short period of time before reconnecting. These clients mostly use a third party SSL-VPN link over my wireless, therefore the loss of connection can be quite annoying. From time to time some of these clients seem to be flapping between access points but not seamless like roaming should be, rather with a short stop in connectivity before reconnecting.
Previously we had a 802.11g Aruba wireless network in the same location. It had no such difficulties. This points me toward the config parametres in the controller.
Which 802.11 b/g/n and WLAN parameters can affect this? I am looking for a document describing a best practice for setting up these parameters, or if someone here has input to a successful stable setup as the configuration guide only says e.g. "Enable if you want Aironet Information Elements" does not help in deciding if I want this
My WLAN is set up with WPA2/AES PSK
and a guest network with web auth
Examples of parameters:
which Radio policy (bgn or gn)
MFP (disabled or enabled)
can CCX location measurement affect performance?
Which Data rates should be set mandatory/enabled/disabled?
MCS (data rate) settings for 802.11n
anything I have forgotten?
The goal is:
A simple, no hassle network providing maximum compatibility with different clients with a plus of 802.11n speeds for compatible clients