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Datto Network Manager: Radio Settings Overview

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This article describes the radio settings for Datto Access Points.

Environment

  • Datto Network Manager

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 Manage drop-down, then click Radio.

mceclip0.pngFigure 1: The Navigation menu (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

mceclip1.pngFigure 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

mceclip2.pngFigure 3: Transmit power (click to enlarge)

The transmit power setting lets you configure the frequency bands used by all access points in your network. By default, this is set to Use country setting, which limits the maximum transmission power according to the country's 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.

  • 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.

mceclip4.pngFigure 4: Channels (Auto) (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.

mceclip5.pngFigure 5: Channels (Manual) (click to enlarge)

Minimum Data Rates

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.

mceclip6.pngFigure 6: Minimum Data Rates (click to enlarge)

 

Availability 

mceclip7.pngFigure 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 lets access points recover quickly when they lose a connection. When you disable Internet check, they will continue broadcasting even when there is no Internet connection. This lets local resources such as printers and shared drives continue to function.


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