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RF Profiles

NOTE: Information included in this documentation is subject to change as the RF Profiles feature is currently under development.

Overview

This article will outline the RF Profiles feature and how it can be used to deploy customized radio settings to groups of MR Access Points. 

RF Profiles

Each wireless network is unique and faces its own unique challenges in coverage, configuration, and design. It is common for IT administrators to deploy several APs configured for a specific RF scenario (for example, a large, crowded auditorium) in one location, while also needing to deploy several networked APs elsewhere for a different RF scenario (for example, a small lobby). The radio setting requirements for these two groups of APs can look quite different even though all of the access points are on the same network.

NOTE: RF Profiles (including Rx-SOP) will be rolled out as a free and seamless update for all wireless customers sometime near the end of February 2018.

Radio Templates

RF Profiles allow network administrators to customize RF characteristics by deployment and manage diverse installations through the configuration of templated radio settings. Administrators can also select from predefined templates for typical auditoriums, open offices, and outdoor coverage scenarios to help IT quickly configure wireless settings for maximum performance. After creating or selecting a specific RF Profile, settings (which comprise the profile) can then be applied, en masse, to groups of APs. 

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The radio settings that can be configured within a given RF Profile include:

  • Dual band and single band support for both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz radios
  • Minimum mandatory data rates
  • Minimum and maximum transmit (TX) power levels
  • Receive sensitivity via Rx-SOP/CCA (801.11ac  Wave 2 only)

Rx-SOP

Rx-SOP (Receive Start of Packet) helps mitigate co-channel interference (when two or more radios use the same channel) in extremely dense environments by allowing an AP to disregard transmissions that do not meet a specified signal strength threshold.

 

In high-density environments, with many client devices trying to connect to a wireless network, IT administrators typically deploy more APs to increase overall capacity. This can introduce interference, since the odds that two APs within earshot of each other use the same channel increases. By ignoring signals that don’t meet a certain threshold strength, Rx-SOP allows an AP to ignore clients on neighboring access points who are using the same channel which mitigates their ability to interfere.

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