They’re multi-banded for both 2.4GHz and 5.1GHz signaling, but are broadcasting at maximum transmit power and via the same channels (single channel per frequency class) as their adjacent APs.
So the detailed explanation is that the misconfiguration explained above causes a ton of interference in the overall mesh design because each AP is more or less trying to shout over their neighbors at the top of their lungs. This leads to a high number of packet retries for send/rcvs for each AP, and all on the same broadcast channel, resulting in very slow connection speeds for clients due to the very small amount of remaining airtime for regular traffic.
The secondary side effect of the above is that we currently have major problems with clients being stuck to the first AP that a client device detects and successfully connects with, instead of being handed off to the next nearest AP as a client moves about the service perimeter, as would be expected of a mesh style wifi infrastructure design. The symptom is observed when say, two clients of the same device type are sitting in the same team meeting, and the connection speed of one user is substantially better than that of another client also attending the same meeting. From a client perspective, there isn’t a whole lot to show why this is the case, but from the administration controller side, you can see that while both clients are in the same room, client 1 is connected to a nearby access point because that is the first time they opened their laptop for the day, and client 2 is connected to the AP closest to the parking garage because they opened their laptop upon parking to check on some sales details before taking a call.
Whew, that was a lot to type, but that is the gist of what I’m trying to solve for our newest office. The only tool I am missing is a Wi-Fi spectrum analyzer which is what I was hoping this Drop would handle, since they’re normally pretty expensive. I want to get the expense of the tool reimbursed, so trying to find a reasonably priced one for justification reasons.
Thanks for the input! TLDR this definitely won’t work for our needs.