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LWAP Wireless Channels

Let's say I have 10 to 15 LWAPs on my network. We have 2 WLCs which are 5508's.

We have two different wireless networks (one of which will be removed shortly). When

I log on to the WLC I can see I have several LWAPs using 1, 6, and 11. Which are know

are non-overlapping channels. But if I just have 1 network, would it be wise to just put them

on all the same channel, since they are not going to be overlapping anything else?

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LWAP Wireless Channels

No. Standard and practice tells us that each channel should have 22 MHz spacing. This is why we have channel 1,6, and 11. If you were to put all your APs on the same channel you would interfere with yourself.

Example, you ever pick up a cordless phone and you listen to someone else talking? This is because your phone shares the same CHANNEL as the other phone system. Same concept with wifi. The problem is that your clients will do retries when there is a lot of chatter.

Not to mention WiFi is CSMA-CA. Shared medium ...

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LWAP Wireless Channels

No. Standard and practice tells us that each channel should have 22 MHz spacing. This is why we have channel 1,6, and 11. If you were to put all your APs on the same channel you would interfere with yourself.

Example, you ever pick up a cordless phone and you listen to someone else talking? This is because your phone shares the same CHANNEL as the other phone system. Same concept with wifi. The problem is that your clients will do retries when there is a lot of chatter.

Not to mention WiFi is CSMA-CA. Shared medium ...

__________________________________________________________________________________________ "Satisfaction does not come from knowing the solution, it comes from knowing why." - Rosalind Franklin ___________________________________________________________

LWAP Wireless Channels

I will further add. If  you have 2 aps on the same channel you should have 20 db difference between them.

__________________________________________________________________________________________ "Satisfaction does not come from knowing the solution, it comes from knowing why." - Rosalind Franklin ___________________________________________________________

LWAP Wireless Channels

Thanks for the help George. I'm assuming since these LWAPs are connected to a WLC, the WLC would automatically

switch the 20db difference between them if they are using the same channel?

LWAP Wireless Channels

So the WLCs use RRM to manage the RF. If you have cisco 3500 with clean air you can use EDRRM. And yes, RRM should manage this for you. All considering if your WLAN deisgn is RRM friendly.

__________________________________________________________________________________________ "Satisfaction does not come from knowing the solution, it comes from knowing why." - Rosalind Franklin ___________________________________________________________
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