Questions tagged [ieee-802.11]

For questions about the IEEE 802.11 series of protocols, also known as Wi-Fi. This tag should be used when asking about enterprise or corporate Wi-Fi networking questions. Questions about home wireless networks are off topic.

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Cannot ping other devices on WIFI with TP-Link TD-W8901N Modem [closed]

I'm using TP-Link TD-W8901N at home. The problem is that I cannot ping or access other devices connected to WIFI. There is two Laptops and two Phones. All has Destination Host Unreachable error. I ...
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What is a best way to check WiFi STA internet connectivity from AP? [closed]

I have a dozen STAs which PCs or IOT devices in a remote location. Is there a way to check the internet connectivity of the STAs from the AP that they are connected to?
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wireless network with seamless roaming with APs from different vendors

I've been reading about seamless roaming and IEEE 802.11k/v/r standards, but from a practical point of view it is not clear to me. I want to deploy a set of access points, all connected between ...
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If two Wi-Fi access points share the same BSSID, does it mean that they work on the same channel?

It is my understanding that if an ESSID is used by several sets of APs on several channels (let's say one AP = one channel only), then two APs sharing a BSSID should also share their radio ...
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Do all devices which use Wi-Fi (802.11) use CSMA/CA?

I know this is quite trivial, but I just want to know if all devices which support Wi-Fi through interface cards/hardware (like laptops/PCs/phones..etc) use CSMA/CA irrespective of their router/...
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How is a video calls bandwidth reserved on a wifi network?

All the older versions of Wifi, except for Wifi-6, give each device on the network the entire bandwidth /highway no matter how small the amount of data it needs to transfer. Can someone explain how ...
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CAPWAP encryption

I'm new to wireless networking and I have a question that might be dumb. Regular 802.11 uses AES/TKIP encryption. CAPWAP uses DTLS encryption, but CAPWAP is also 802.11 spec. Can you please explain ...
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List of frequencies that a device can connect to over 2.4 and 5 GHz channels

When connecting to a Wifi on 2.4GHz or 5GHz channel, a device connects on a certain frequency. Is there a somewhere list of all possible frequencies that a device can connect to on a 2.4GHz/5GHz ...
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How should OSPF work over WiFi? [closed]

I've had problems running OSPF over my WiFi network, and it seems to be related to multicast. The routers can't maintain a neighbor relationship, and when I watch the packet traffic I see one router ...
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Do I need to re-authenticate every time I switch a access point?

I have multiple Access Points on the same network with a Radius server for authentication. When I switch from one AP to another, do I have to go through the complete re-authentication processes each ...
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Does tcpdump work differently from Omnipeek?

I have been trying to analyze packets using tcpdump. I am trying to use a wireless card and capture packets through monitor mode, instead of promiscuous mode, since I want to see what kind of traffic ...
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How does mesh network handles seamless roaming?

When extending a WMN to a city-wide scale one of the problem it faces is seamless handoff. So, do I need to implement one of the ticket based authentication for it to work seamlessly or will IEEE 802....
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i am so curious about naming IEEE standard network,like why do we use “802” these three numbers? [duplicate]

I learnt some information about networks in Wiki,and I am so curious about naming IEEE standard networks. As far as I know: The standard name of Wifi is 802 The standard name of Ethernet is 802.3 The ...
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Range of router and device in WiFi [closed]

Is range of the wifi network depend on Router only? Or does it depend on the connection device also? I believe that the device need to transmit packet to router, so the range till which the device can ...
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Have we failed a wireless survey for something that couldnt have been offered?

On a large campus wireless network (approx. 500 APs, 4-5000 connected devices) we have been asked to create an SSID for some specific equipment that can only work on the 2.4Ghz range. No problems with ...
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Reconciling multiple definitions of Bandwidth

I am confused about the meaning of the term 'Bandwidth' in a wireless transmission environment. The two most common definitions I could find are: difference between the upper and lower frequencies in ...
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Can probe-response be created without probe-request in WiFi packet frames?

I built a WiFi sniffer based on Raspberry Pi and WiFi adapters for sniffing WiFi packets. This is an example data: stand_time type subtype source_address ...
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How many 160Mhz channels can 801.11ax support? [closed]

With an 801.11ax WLAN, how many simultaneous connections could be made using 160Mhz wide channels?
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Is MIMO equivalent to link aggregation?

Is MIMO the wireless version of link aggregation in wired networks? I'm not asking if MIMO is a similar link aggregation protocol like LACP or PAgP, what I'm asking is if it is the same concept as ...
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Can computers connected within a Network via Ethernet monitor access the information uploaded/downloaded on a different computer

Suppose there are many computers connected within a Network. Let's take 2 examples. Computer A and Computer B, connected within the same network. Suppose, At the start of the day, say myself as an ...
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Meraki AP reboot?

Does Meraki WiFi Access Points reboot after 4 Hours of not getting reach-ability with Cloud Controller?
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Add access point to wireless network

I've got an existing wireless network with two access points on it: A TP-Link Archer C2600 on 2.4GHz (802.11b/g/n mixed) and 5GHz (802.11a/n/ac mixed), with WPA/WPA2-Personal security; A UniFi AP-AC-...
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Could 802.11ax devices still get benefits from OFDMA if there is unsupported 802.11ax devices?

As far as I know, 802.11ax supported OFDMA modulation, which can separate different amount of sub-carriers to each device in each time slot. I want to figure out if there is unsupported 802.11ax ...
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How does DHCP over WiFi work?

Specifically - does the AP that the client is authenticated with mediate the communication between client and the DHCP server when the client first joins the network, or does the client talk directly ...
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Find device hosting server on the same network without knowing the local IP [duplicate]

I am developing a Java app that hosts a socket server. This server will exchange information with a mobile app connected on the same WiFi network. I am trying to create a seamless experience that ...
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What role Wifi Password play in the connection with the AP?

I was trying to study about how my device connect to the AP via Wifi. I saw many concepts like WPA,WPA2,MIC, 4 Way Handshake and much more. I studied all of them but I still cant understand where in ...
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Is mesh possible on fully wired AP-AP communication?

I am thinking on the implementation of a Wifi mesh, with the restriction that all AP-AP communication, including routing/bridging, should happen on ethernet. The reasons, why the lack of radio-based ...
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Does CSMA/CA have anti-DoS measures, and if yes which?

So as far as i understand, you can deny other devices access to a WiFi by flooding the channel they are on with data, so that the channel is never "idle", thus preventing other devices from using it - ...
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Direct connection betwen two Ethernet-to-wifi adapters [closed]

I currently have two computers connected via ethernet and a switch, using static ip-addresses. I would like to connect a third computer, this time wirelessly. And I am wondering whether the setup in ...
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How does a 802.11 (wifi) frame identify the payload's layer 3 protocol?

My understanding is that the 802.11 frame header is an equivalent of ether header. In the ether header, there is an EtherType field that identifies the payload protocol, such as IPv4/IPv6/ARP etc. ...
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How does SISO and SU-MIMO serve multiple clients?

I am new to wireless. From what I read, SISO serves only 1 client at a time and SU-MIMO can serve multiple clients but at different times. So does SISO and SU-MIMO serve 1 client and then wait until ...
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Is there packet loss in WLAN?

What happens if 2 end devices connect to the same AP and they wanted to exchange data (without connecting to the internet), but 1 device has a strong signal and the other has a weak signal? Is there ...
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I can't decide what to buy for fixing my wifi signal [closed]

I have a broadband 2.4Ghz modem, and I'm facing signal issues. Will it be sorted out if I buy a 5Ghz wifi repeater and connect it to the 2.4Ghz modem? Or do I need to buy something different? I ...
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Reccomended set up for wifi in dense apartment block?

I live in an apartment block of 87 units & one thing most people in it complain about is the poor cellular data reception. I have an idea of installing a fast wifi internet connection ...
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Does the Duration Field in 802.11 Depend on SNR

I am trying to understand the behavior of the Duration/ID field in 802.11 specs. Its role and behavior are outlined in the standard. This field tells other stations how long the transmitter is going ...
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Wireshark not showing Frequency/Channel

I am using Ubuntu 18, and wireshark-gtk. I followed this and this tutorials to create a column named/showing frequency/channel. But all the packets I captured have no frequency/channel showing.I tried ...
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Are there other protocols for enforcing AAA besides RADIUS?

I know this is not the ideal question format but I need to lean upon the expertise in this community. I am looking for a simpler method of implementing AAA (Authentication, Authorization and ...
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IPv4 Subnetting for 1200 or more devices for WiFi

I am currently looking over my schools existing Subnets and their usage. Some seem to be sufficent, others not so much. What is the best practice when you need to support 1200 or more devices on a ...
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How can I block the Internet and mobile data fallback? [closed]

Hoping to block outgoing WAN access from my network during certain periods as well as stopping mobile devices from auto-failing-over to their mobile data. Of course this won't be perfect since devices ...
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in 802.11, when must a station go to the “random fall back slot” mechanism?

i've been reading Michael Gast's 2005 book on 802.11, and he talks about how each station, after it has seized a channel and finished transmitting, will then have its NAV timer expire (along with all ...
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Can the regulatory domain be configured on Cisco WAP571 devices?

I got 3 WAP571 and 2 WAP571E (outdoor AP). According to specs, all 5 AP's should work in a Single Point Management and allow seamless roaming. Yet, the two types of AP's do not speak to each other. My ...
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Does Wireshark capture all Wi-Fi traffic under the same access point even with WPA encryption?

I know that free unencrypted-Wi-Fi is dangerous since all the traffic in the same AP is visible. Does Wireshark capture all Wi-Fi traffic under the same access point even with WPA encryption?
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How 802.11 LAN will avoid packet collision in a wireless medium?

Say we have a router (capable of the 802.11 protocol standards) and some number of devices that are configured to communicate with this router. I have learnt about how devices/nodes use CSMA/CA to ...
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Do two computers in the same wifi LAN communicate directly without the router? [duplicate]

I have heard (forget where) that in a local wifi network created by a router, when two computers communicate with each other, they communicate directly with each other, and their communication doesn't ...
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How long communication timeout can be expected from a 802.11 infrastructure?

Imagine a client device ("station" in the wifi terminology) with an authenticated, living connection to a 802.11 infrastructure. The APs are expected to follow the relevant standards. Then, the ...
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Can 2 Wi-Fi adapters work with a single antenna?

I have a panel Wi-Fi antenna and an adapter for it. These 2 work flawlessly together. But also I would like to connect to somewhere else without buying another huge antenna. Is it possible if these 2 ...
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How to determine BSSID from MAC Address

As I know BSSID is derived from MAC Address, but I have no idea how it is derived and what pattern is used. Since there might be multiple BSSIDs from a device, I want to get all the BSSID that could ...
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Reason for congestion in CSMA based networks

A typical channel with SNR 10dB and BW 10 MHz will have a channel capacity of something around 150 Mbps. In CSMA, at any given time, only 1 user is allowed to transmit and in 802.11p, the default ...
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meraki bridge mode: dhcp is untagged

We have the following set-up: +------+ +--------+ +--------+ |Router|-----| switch |-----| Meraki | +------+ +--------+ +--------+ | +---------+ ...
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How does MU-MIMO allow multiple users to talk at the same time avoiding collisions?

In a wireless network, a collision is a situation that occurs when two or more devices attempt to send a signal along the same transmission channel at the same time. To avoid collisions we use CSMA/CA ...

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