High-Density Wi-Fi Design Part 3 - WLAN Configuration Best Practices

In this video, I explain the best practices for configuring a Wi-Fi network for high-density environments. These include:
  • Proper encryption required to use 802.11n high throughput data rates
  • Proper use of Quality of Service (QoS) through Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM)
  • Disabling lower data rates to maintain high performance
  • Prioritizing key business applications over recreational applications
  • Client rate-limiting to prevent "greedy" clients from hogging bandwidth
  • The important role that bi-directional band steering plays in optimizing spectral use
  • Load balancing clients based on airtime utilization on different channels to serve users where the most capacity exists
  • Using airtime fairness to adequately handle a mixed-client environment
  • Proper consideration of wired network resources, including switch port bandwidth, power over Ethernet, and Internet/WAN bandwidth
  • Appropriately sizing IP subnets to account for device density and user mobility


These principles are covered in more depth in the Aerohive High-Density Wi-Fi Design and Configuration Guide.

Read the Entire High-Density Wi-Fi Design Series:
Design Your WLAN for High Capacity
Video Blog: High-Density Wi-Fi Design Part 1 - Forecasting AP Capacity
Video Blog: High-Density Wi-Fi Design Part 2 - RF Planning
Video Blog: High-Density Wi-Fi Design Part 3 - WLAN Configuration Best Practices

Cheers,
Andrew