So I've got an unusual one, I'm having issues with a bad connection even when connected to the AP 4 meters away.
This one is my machine, seems to be a good connection, I'm open to people letting me know if I've got my Radio transmit power too high (currently on 21)
This is my colleagues, he sits right in front of me, and his machine is directly opposite mine, he's connecting to an AP which is around 15 meters away, I can't figure out why his machine is so eager to connect to a wireless box so far away.
This clearly isn't right, I cannot for the life of me figure out where this is going wrong, I've configured a seperate profile for the 2 AP's which I have in the office where I reduced the area of signal as well but I'm getitng quite hacked off with this now.
@Alex_Green a few things to check
We have an office for ~75 people with 2x MR36 in the above configuration and it works well, even had someone phone to tell me how fast it was on Tuesday...!
If you have a Tx power of 21 on your AP and you're only 4 meters away and your RSSI reads -69 then there must be a big fat concrete wall between you and that AP. No way you can have this low of an RSSI in open air at 4 meters.
Secondly when I look at your screenshots I see that both AP's are on the same channel 36.
There must be a reason why his pc won't connect to this one like airtime utilization while client balancing is on.
First before continuing troubleshooting make sure both AP's are on non overlapping channels and your transmit power is closer to what your clients can use like 14 dBm.
I've checked and it's runing the following
OK so I'm going to be honest, treat me like a 4 year old because I didn't fully understand that. There is no concrete wall between me an the AP, should I manually change the channel of the AP from 36?
How do I change it to 14dBm?
Go to your room!!
😛 Just kidding.
In the RF profile you just showed you can just put the maximum power level to 14 dBm instead of the current 21. Then all AP's using this profile will lower their transmit level. Make sure all the AP's have the correct RF profile set.
If the auto channel does not do a good job then you can manually change the channel on an AP.
In the radio settings page you can just click on the current channel of an AP and then you can change from auto to static and select the channel.
I've set this profile, since it's only 2 boxes, to use 36 and 44.
I've set the power transmit to 14.
Is this correct for what you said to test?
Also, the more I think about this the more I'm thinking this could be an issue. I've got a profile for the office because the wireless boxes downstairs were interfering, but I'm wondering if I should set profiles for each area or should I take my bespoke "Office" Profile out and put it back to the meraki default profile?
Have I got 2 wireless boxes too close to each other? Maybe that's what it is.
What is the range on an MR36 @5ghz? I mean i've got probably 7 metres between the AP's
see I've got 2 AP's for 15 people and they are still behaving like utter trash. I'm getting more than a little hacked off with this configuration because it's clearly not working as expected.
@Alex_Green if the office is open plan then that is quite close, but it shouldn't cause an issue now that you have them on separate channels. When they were both on 36 is would have definitely caused them to interfere with each other.
When you say they cannot be upgraded, it that because you don't want to run a release candidate? In Meraki terms a release candidate is the same as stable release, just less than a certain percentage of installs use it.
No what I mean is that was the only option available to me but I'm assuming that's because i'm not an organisational admin, I've requested that they grant me further permissions so I can update the firmware.
On top of that I've set the channels manually, changed the power transmission and this is the result.
It's actually dropped from where I was before.
Still open to options, btw the entire office area is probably 100 square foot.
I've changed the channel like you asked and it's working on 40 and 36 now. I also changed the Channel width to 80mhz which seems to have helped as well.
Maybe trying going to ap.merkai.com and make sure you are connected to the AP that you think you are. You can also try running the AP speed test.
If your machine is receiving a very low signal level - it's possible there is a fault with your machine.