Wireless Access Points

Does any know if Aruba will advertise both 2.5 and 5Ghz band with the same SSID? There are three APs total for example and they are are part one one IAP group with one acting as primary.  The user can act has 2.5 or 5Ghz?

Also, is there a good tool for running a heatmap for these set up? There is no controller.

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Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
access points will broadcast both 2,4 and 5Ghz, but is set to prefer 5Ghz - the access point will try to move clients to 5Ghz if possible, but ultimately the decision to choose band is up to the client.

in an IAP group - you configure the first AP and the rest will inherit that configuration.

for live heatmapping - look into buying Aruba Airwave, this will (most likely) shortly be available in Aruba Central also
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We always use different SSID's for these two bands. The computer will generally find the connection faster that way. You can make the SSID's the same but it may be slower to connect.
Jakob DigranesSenior ConsultantCommented:
I recommend using same SSID - then the APs will load balance users between band and Aruba APs will try to put all ac enabled clients on the same AP to maximize performance. With different SSIDs the decision in choosing band is up to the user, and many users have no insight into the benefits of choosing 5Ghz over 2,4 so you might get users not being able to utilize the max speed your PC can achieve

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8055730Author Commented:
Both are good solutions, it is a preference at this point.

Visual RF Planner is free.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update.
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