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Number of wireless networks vs. signal strength

Dears,

Does the number of wireless networks (# of SSIDs) has anything to do w/ the sinal strength ? 

I mean, we configured some new wireless networks (for mobiles and guests for example), and after that some users started to complain about poor sinal quality... packet losses... etc etc...

right now we have

SSID #1 - default Wlan for laptops

SSID #2 - mobiles and smartphones

SSID #3 - guest users

SSID #4 - consulting

SSID #5 - vip users (without shape)

SSID #6 - test network

thanks in advance!

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VIP Purple

Number of wireless networks vs. signal strength

If you have more SSID, then definetely it will increase mgt overhead in the wireless media & affect wireless users throughput.

here is a good post give an idea how many SSIDs you should have while getting reasonable performance (overhead shoud be low within your WLAN). This is very important in 2.4GHz band only 3 CH available

http://www.revolutionwifi.net/2013/10/ssid-overhead-how-many-wi-fi-ssids-are.html

If users complain about signal strength, I would check the power level of each AP & see whether WLC is dynamically change the power of each AP.

HTH

Rasika

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New Member

Number of wireless networks vs. signal strength

Hello,

thanks for the quick reply!

where shall I go to config that ?

thnx again!

Cisco Employee

Number of wireless networks vs. signal strength

number of SSID is directly related to interference and hence signal issues.

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Re: Number of wireless networks vs. signal strength

Does the number of wireless networks (# of SSIDs) has anything to do w/ the sinal strength ?

The more SSIDs you have the more "chatty" the airwaves is going to become.  Up to four SSID is ideal. 

I do not agree that you can have "interferrence" when you have many SSID.

SSID #1 - default Wlan for laptops

SSID #2 - mobiles and smartphones

SSID #3 - guest users

SSID #4 - consulting

SSID #5 - vip users (without shape)

SSID #6 - test network

Y'know something?  You can squeeze this much down to 4. 

SSID 2, 3 & 4 can become one. 

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