A lot of roaming with SDN and iOS 14

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A lot of roaming with SDN and iOS 14
A lot of roaming with SDN and iOS 14
2020-10-16 14:58:08 - last edited 2020-10-16 14:59:24
Model: OC200  
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Firmware Version: 4.1.5

Hi All,

 

we noted that with Omada SDN and Apple Devices with iOS 14 there is a lot of roaming between two neighbor EAP (below you can see 10 roamings in 2 minutes with a stationary client).

 

Topology is 3 EAPs and OC200 updatet last version.

Fast Roaming and band steering enabled.

 

 

Thanks

Regards

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Re:A lot of roaming with SDN and iOS 14
2020-10-16 16:28:17 - last edited 2020-10-16 16:36:09

@Emitplink, this is a clear indicator that the WiFi coverage of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands is not equivalent, at least for the new iOS 14.

 

You could disable band steering, but if you do so it's recommended to also use different SSIDs for both bands, else roaming requests will still occur.

 

Band steering requires that the WiFi coverage of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands is equivalent. Since 5 GHz has a much larger attenuation compared to 2.4 GHz, the rule of thumb is to have a 6 dB (four times) stronger signal in the 5 GHz band than in the 2.4 GHz band if you want to use band steering. If there are walls or any other obstacles, you probably need more APs to achieve a better coverage.

 

As for new versions of iOS: Apple has a famous history of screwing up their WiFi with every new iOS version. Usually they fix it with updates later, so maybe it will become better with the next update.

 

Anyway, you should check WiFi coverage with a WiFi analyzer or a WiFi heat mapper.

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