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How to create a 2GHZ only SSID

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How to create a 2GHZ only SSID

Is it possible to create an SSID that only broadcasts the 2GHz channel on the MR33 Access Point?  I have some devices: Apple Watches, Thermostats that only work on the 2GHZ channel.  I haven't been able to find anything stating it can or can't be done.

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After they enable it, you will see the following:

 

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You have to contact support, and have them enable that option/feature as it is hidden.
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After they enable it, you will see the following:

 

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Thanks Nolan!!!  You are the man!!!

 

I'll get a case open and have them get it enabled.

 

I didn't expect to have my question answered in less than 2 minutes.

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Glad I could help !

 

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On a side note - is it possible to force a client on to 2.4Ghz if you have the SSID using Dual Band does anyone know?
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Depends on the client. If it is a laptop for example, the advanced property settings on the wireless settings you can toggle it there to be 2.4GHz only. Otherwise not really, it's always up to the client. If the 2.4GHz is noticeable stronger than 5GHz, and you do not have band-steering enabled, I would reckon they might lean more towards 2.4GHz. However that would affect all clients and that is probably an outcome you don't want.
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Nolan,

 

That brings up a good question regarding the Band-steering.  In your experience, is it more beneficial to have it enabled? 

 

What is the potential cons of having it enabled?

 

Thanks,

Jesse

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Thanks - we have a couple of clients who use Nest Camera's and suffer drop outs. Nest say to switch to 2.4 Ghz to solve the issue. It does solve the problem but we've never been able to to do it on the same SSID and have had to resort to creating another SSID
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To quote a friend, it depends.  =)
 
Some are 100% against it and prefer to use proper design to 'persuade' clients to connect to 5GHz. By that I mean by using a 6dB difference in power between 2.4 and 5Ghz, which tends to be the magic spot so that cell sizes match and the end-user doesn't hear the 2.4GHz much louder.  Client devices have a tendency to be stupid, and the louder the RSSI is, they cling to it.
 
The theoretical 'pros' are that it will get more clients onto 5GHz and that is usually what you want since 5GHz usually is much cleaner, less noise, faster throughput etc.
 
The 'con' however is that it is an imperfect solution to an imperfect world. Clients send out Probe Requests on 2.4 and 5GHz at the same time. The method it uses to accomplish this is by ignoring the probe requests the client sends on 2.4GHz (usually around 3 times) and by doing this, it hopes that the client will see the Probe Responses on the 5GHz side and end up connecting to that.
 
 
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Doesn't always work, and so sometimes it might cause some 'thrashing' and and the end of the day you want your wireless to be as seamless and as stable as possible.
 
My solution, in case you noticed by my screenshot above, is to use dedicated SSID's per-band.  My corporate networks are 5GHz only. The guest network we have, is dual-band with the band-steering enabled and for the most part it works, have not noticed any 'obvious' issues.
 
I would prefer to use seperate SSID's for guest, the problem though is that it just doesn't look 'clean' and now your relying on end-users to make the right choice.
 
Random Example:
Starbucks  <---- one SSID, clean, simple, with band-steering
 
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Starbucks  <---- 5GHz only
Starbucks Legacy  <---- 2.4GHz only  (Legacy being the word I"m using to reflect 'slower' or 'less optimized'.)
 
It achieves the goal, but you might run into users choosing Starbucks Legacy even though they have a 5GHz capable device.
 
So for non-critical SSID's like guest, I will use it. For business SSID's though, I will use a 5GHz only SSID and it takes all concern out the window.
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@NolanHerring Just wanted to say thanks! Got in touch with the Support for activating the 2.4 GHz Band only , since then I am able to play games on my phone normally Smiley Very Happy Smiley Wink

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Also works for Z1 ?

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Believe for all devices. Just open a case and let us know Smiley Happy

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