Client-steering

Client-steering

Now in excess of 10 per U.S. household, the meteoric increase in Consumer Electronics devices is placing an unprecedented demand on traditional Wi-Fi networks. Adding to the strain, inherently mobile streaming devices such as tablets and Smart phones create new challenges for these already overburdened networks.

Ironically and contrary to popular belief, wireless routers and Access Points have little influence in determining how devices connect to them. Without human intervention, most wireless devices will simply choose the one with the strongest signal, typically the more congested, performance-limited, and problematic 2.4 GHz band. Despite possessing the latest 11ac technology, “dumb” clients selecting the legacy 2.4 GHz band can singlehandedly degrade bandwidth performance by a 10x factor.

While a new iPad may stream at over 200 Mbps in close proximity of the wireless router, it can quickly degrade to under 10 Mbps and become a “bad apple” after relocated to the upstairs bedroom. Seizing control from these “dumb” devices, StratiFi 4920 implements a unique client-steering element to link the devices to the optimal frequency and Access Point (AP). In addition to connecting the video streaming tablet to the fast-track 11ac AP, client-steering algorithms will dynamically transfer the streaming device to the closest AP if the user relocates to another room served by different AP. StratiFi's auto-healing, client-steering, and auto-mesh features translate into a drastic reduction of trouble calls, truck rolls, and higher subscriber satisfaction ratings.

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