We installed MR56 AP's in two new schools and the network speed are extremely slow. If I swap out a select few AP's with older Meraki models we do not experience the slow speeds. I've had a case open with Meraki for almost a year now and they cannot figure out the issue. We've narrowed the issue down to the MR56 specifically as the MR34,42, and 52 perform just fine. Any suggestions?
@Sjkeith77 please give more information:
What clients are you using
What band and channel width in use
What firmware version
I am currently connected to an MR56 running 28.5 and it's working okay, getting ~650Mbps on 5GHz channel 108 from a Samsung S9+
Clients: Surface Pro 4, Samsung Note 10, Iphone 11, HP x360 G1 Chromebook.
Channel Width: it was 20 then we switched to 40
Firmware: 27.7.1, we have tried a few on the latest Beta firmware as well.
Slow is we are getting around 50-70Mbps download and 0.25Mbps upload speeds. We have a 2GBps internet connection and we've ran these test in the off hours to ensure no interference from other users. We have the SSID set to unlimited per client and SSID.
I'll try without 802.1R, We are using 802.1X with on site radius server. We've also tried disabling 802.1AX per Meraki suggestions and neither seemed to resolve it. We can unplug and MR56 and plug in an MR42 and get easily 10 times the throughput when doing internet speed tests.
What switches are you using and what port speed / power use is negotiated. The MR56 I just tested with is only connected at 1Gb to an MS220-8p and is using ~10W of AT power over 12m of cabling.
Edit - deleted paragraph about power saving as it is mainly related to Intel chipsets
I have a hard time believing it is the MR hardware. It has to be something in the configuration or environment. How easy is it to reproduce (is always like this or intermittent)? What does the channel utilization and RF spectrum look like? Have you taken one home or to another network? I would try that for my own sanity and to help rule out part of the puzzle, at least.
It's slow all the time. We walked across the street and removed an MR42 and installed it in place of an MR56 and the slowness went away. We have literally limited it down to just the MR56 model. Both of those schools are also running the exact same GPON network all attached to the same OLT directly with Single mode fiber.
The WAPS are also all in the same network so same exact SSID config etc. I've check rf spectrum and didn't see any high utilization at all or interference except for the 2.4 channels which are garbage anyway.
It still seems more likely the combination of your switching and the MR then just the MR. It’s maybe not that relevant, but you could sanity check that by taking one home, I guess.
What about duplex mismatch or some strange incompatibility with your switch port and the NIC used my MR56?
Maybe try large packet size pings to the MR to reveal packet loss under load? Something like ping —size 1500 22.214.171.124 has revealed similar sounding issues for me in the past. I don’t envy you having had this on your plate for a year.. good luck.
Can you try using a switch between the 2608t and the ap's. (With poe or use a poe injector. )
i had some issues with mr mgig ports not working well directly on mx, maybe 2608 has similar issues.