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How to setup an Access Point in a small single story office?
How to setup an Access Point in a small single story office?
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Physical Installation:

The AP can be mounted at the center of the office to provide coverage. The dual-band AP will be wired to the network via Ethernet cable.

Recommended Settings:

1. Please make sure that the AP is on the latest firmware.

2. On the 2.4GHz Wireless:

  • A. Perform an AP Scan for other 2.4GHz wifi sources. Please take note of the channels used and their corresponding signal strengths.

  • B. Set the Channel HT mode to 20MHz only and disable Auto-channel. Set the wireless frequency/channel to the least congested 2.4GHz non-overlapping channel ( 1, 6, or 11).

  • C. WPA2-PSK(AES only) is the recommended wireless security setting.

  • D. If the area has a lot of other 2.4GHz WiFi signals, try to reduce the cell size by decreasing the transmit power to 14dBm. Increase by 3dBm if necessary.

3. On the 5Ghz Wireless:

  • A. Perform an AP Scan for other 5GHz wifi sources. Note the channels used and their corresponding signal strengths.

  • B. Disable Auto-channel and set the wireless/frequency to the least congested non-DFS 5Ghz wireless channel.

  • C. WPA2-PSK(AES only) is the recommended wireless security setting.

  • D. Though more unlikely, if the area has a lot of other 5GHz WiFi signals, try to reduce the cell size by decreasing the transmit power to 17dBm. Increase by 3dBm if necessary.

Note: 2.4GH wireless signals have longer range and better wall penetration compared to the 5GHz band on the same transmit power hence the difference in their transmit power settings.

Please see attached file for more configuration recommendations (EnGenius AP Best Practice Configuration).

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