Datto Networking: Datto Access Points: Radio Settings

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This article describes the radio settings available for Datto Access Points.

Environment

  • Datto Access Points

Description

All Datto Access Points share the radio settings in a network. Radio settings control available frequency bands, what channel the access point uses, and other global configurations.

Procedure

Navigation

1. Navigate to a device web session for your access point.

2. Click the Configure drop-down, then click Radio.

Figure 1: Navigating to Radio (click to enlarge)

Configuration

The settings and options in the Radio page apply to all access points in a network, and you can configure the following:

Country

Figure 2: Country (click to enlarge)

The location defined in the network's General settings configures the Country setting used for defining available channels and frequency bands.

Transmit power

Figure 3: Transmit power (click to enlarge)

The transmit power setting allows you to configure the frequency bands used by all access points in your network. By default, this is set to Use country setting, which limits the mamximum transmission power to the network's Country as per its regulations. Use the drop-down to select a power in milliwatts (mW), which then broadcasts its maximum relative received signal strength (RSSI), or signal strength in decibels (dB). Consider reducing power in dense indoor networks with other high power devices.

Channels

Datto Networking offers two options for channel setting configuration: Auto and Manual.

Figure 4: Channels (Auto) (click to enlarge)

When selecting Auto, Datto Networking will automatically configure channel settings daily for your network, taking into consideration mesh repeaters, nearby access points, and sources of interference. You can also manually set the Max channel width for each radio when using Auto; you cannot set the channel itself.

Channel settings update only during the network's Maintenance Window to avoid potential service disruptions. To force an update, click the Run optimization now button.

Figure 5: Channels (Manual) (click to enlarge)

When selecting Manual, you set channels and max channel widths that all access points in a network will use. Datto Networking recommends not setting wide channel widths for environments with excessive interference.

Minimum Data Rates

Figure 6: Minimum Data Rates (click to enlarge)

Setting Minimum Data Rates can improve both roaming and overall WiFi network performance. This involves disabling legacy client rates, which reduces overhead. For more information, read our Client Device Roaming article.

Internet Check

Figure 7: Internet check (click to enlarge)

When you enable Internet check, the access points' SSIDs will broadcast only when there is an active Internet connection. This feature allows access points to recover quickly when they lose a connection. When you disable Internet check, they will continue broadcasting even when there is no Internet connection. This feature allows local resources such as printers and shared drives to continue to function.


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