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WiFi Quality Monitoring
Good Morning, We have noticed that after ~4 months the quality of our Cisco wireless network sours. We will get reports of poor wireless quality from users sitting directly under an access point. Often the WCS will report users on the access points with good dBm, but in reality the users can barely search the web. (I cannot remember if the average client SNR was looked at). The "solution" is to reboot the access point. So, we now are now talking about scheduling a reboot of all access points and controllers (4400s) every 3 months. While this may work to keep the problem at bay, it does not address two related questions. 1. Why is this happening? When I mentioned this behavior to a Cisco TAC, they said they had never heard of this before. As this has been our norm through multiple code and access point upgrades, I cannot believe this. 2. What are other schools using to monitor the quality of the wifi? I do not mean the rf interference quailty but instead a way to monitor of how well the access points are passing traffic, signal strength, average client SNR, etc? Thank you, -- Christina Christina Klam Network Administrator Institute for Advanced Study Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Einstein Drive Telephone: 609-734-8154 Princeton, NJ 08540 Fax: 609-951-4418 ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.