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Meraki: Prioritizing Performance Over Coverage

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On this new gig - the predecessors put one AP in the ceiling for 1/4 of the building which is top
execs. It looks like there are about 80 devices attached to it and 2.4Ghz is said to be 46% utilized and the complaints are off the chain. I wish to maximize performance and money's no object for adding more APs if I need to. How do I optimize the Merakis for peak performance with less regard for coverage radius?
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Force all connections to 5GHz
Install APs on a 25ft grid
Look into the newer APs.  I've installed the MR55 with several clients.  Really liking them.
Ramp the signal to full if not already accomplished.

-5G offers better performance and cleaner air in the space.

-Installing to the 25ft grid will help insure consistent converage for all devices, not just pcs, as other devices tend to have weaker transmit power.  They may see the AP as 5 bar but only be able to transmit at 2-3.
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Great ideas. Would I just turn off 2.4Ghz to force more to connect to 5Ghz? Or can I permit the 2.4Ghz but somehow strongly suggest using 5? I saw a huge performance boost in going to 5Ghz but that was done on my client by changing the wireless NIC preferred radio setting.
atlas_shudderedSr. Network Engineer
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You can force 5G only from the APs on the dashboard - Wireless>Access Control - Scroll down to 5GHz band only.  To stave off a headache, select the 3rd option for steering which will detect 5G capable devices and push them to it while still servicing 2.4G capable only clients.

The second way to push it you've already shown above.  The problem with going that route is if your users leave the office and are in a 2.4 only area, they won't be able to connect to wireless.
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Found it! Thanks a million.
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Cheers

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