Number of clients and volume of traffic in a mesh network
We have our mesh network in the marina almost set up. There is one root-AP and 3 wireless APs. The client has no real grasp of the number of connections they will need. I have read that the mesh will support 50-60 clients at one time.
When using the Omada cloud, I can see the traffic on each AP and the graph will tell me if the traffic is good, acceptable, or if it is getting up toward capacity. It looks like I can balance the load on the wireless APs, but when it comes to the root AP, there is nowhere else to go.
So--how do we plan for a time that the usage creeps up to the max of 50 to 60? I recall seeing somewhere how to handle this but I can't find that reference. I assume another mesh network would be needed. Am I correct? In this case, we would need to install a couple more CPEs and then add APs to create a second mesh.
While I'm on the subject, when I look at the utilization graph, I see Rx, Tx and interference. Rx and Tx are self-evident. Interference is not. One source of interference here might be all the metal masts of the boats in the marina, but I'm not sure. Is there a way to identify the source of interference? It's not really a whole lot, but it would be good to minimize it.
Once this project is completed and working, I'd be willing to submit this to TP-Link as an example of a mesh network if they want me to. I'll just need to know the guidelines for submission.
As an aside, the marina manager has been getting compliments on the quality of the wireless network, but we may need to limit data use because a couple of data-hogs have sprung up!