Optimizing Your Secondary Coverage with Ekahau Optimizer
Secondary Coverage is just one of the many configurations you can improve with Ekahau Optimizer. In this video, we’ll take a look at what Secondary Coverage is and how to implement the improvements provided by Ekahau Optimizer.
What is Secondary Coverage
Secondary coverage is critical to ensure you have great roaming between APs, redundancy in the event an AP has a failure, and to assist with higher capacity needs.
Roaming happens when your device jumps between access points. Imagine walking the office while being on a voice call or carting hospital devices from room to room. To enjoy smooth roaming, you need decent primary and secondary signal strength. Ideally, you want to have both primary and secondary signal strength hitting close to -67 dBm so that every time you get to the edge of your existing coverage cell, you always have a great alternative to roam to.
Secondary coverage is also critical for coverage redundancy. Meaning, if one AP were ever to fail, you will still have coverage from that secondary access point. We talk all the time about how Wi-Fi is business critical, and this is exactly we mean — if an AP goes down, work does not have to go down with it.
Lastly, secondary coverage can help you with your capacity needs. Primary plus secondary coverage will most likely mean that your connected devices will now be spread between two APs instead of just one. When you need to support more people in the same area, proper secondary coverage will help your network keep up with all these added devices and new types of applications.
How to Optimize Secondary Coverage
Improving secondary coverage in your environment starts with a quick walk around the site with your Sidekick 2 and reviewing the recommendations from Ekahau Optimizer:
- Ensure that your access points and antennas are all installed correctly, that there aren’t any loose connections, and that they are all online and broadcasting (you’ll be able to see this in your network controller).
- Try increasing transmit power of your access point radios to between 14-17dBm (25-50mW) if they are currently set lower.
Increasing transmit power will increase the signal to help with Secondary Coverage while operating at a similar transmitting level to most of your client devices. Just remember to check that this does not exceed your local regulatory domain rules for your specific setup.
If this still isn’t cutting it, you may need to add additional access points in a redesign. Don’t worry, we have tons of resources for designing a network, including how to use our awesome AI Auto-Planner to generate a perfect design for you based on just a few inputs.
What is Ekahau Optimizer
Ekahau Optimizer makes it easy for IT professionals to instantly improve wireless network performance and security — it’s like having on-demand access to your own personal Wi-Fi expert.
With just a quick walk around the network with your trusty Sidekick 2, you now have instant access to step-by-step guidance for amazing Wi-Fi.
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