12-16-2015 05:15 PM - edited 08-02-2017 11:26 AM
We have one USG (firmware version 188.8.131.5296630) and three UAP-AC-PRO (firmware version:184.108.40.20664) in a rectangular office space of 4,000 sqft. The 3 APs are mounted under the ceiling. The closest distance between the APs is about 20~25 feet (see attached floorplan). We have under 40 wifi clients connected at the peak time, about 20 of them are MacBooks, the rest are mobile/tablet devices. At any moment, there are no more than 17 devices per AP. The network controller (v4.7.5) is running on Debian 8.2 hosted by Rackspace. Both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz broadcast the same SSID.
Since we deployed the UAPs, users have been experiencing intermittent connectivity loss from time to time. When this occurs, the user's computer is showing nothing abnormal. The wifi connection is showing still connected, and the RSSI is also showing a decent number (between -50 dBm and -70 dBm). However, there is no connectivity until the user turns off and turns on the wifi, bascially by reconnecting to the wifi network.
We have tried adjusting the Tx power levels and channels on 2.4G and 5G, as well as setting RSSI threshold on APs to facilitate roaming. Most of our devices seemed to be able to roam successfully among APs when users moved from a locatioin to another (e.g. from their desk to a boardroom). We have also tried to reboot APs; but all these measures did not help to resolve the intermittent connectivity loss issue.
06-23-2016 05:01 PM - edited 03-29-2017 02:57 PM
I am the OP. This thread has become very active with a lot of interactions. People seemed to reporting all kinds of issues that are not really relevant to the issue that I reported.
Question is: Has this issue been fixed?
The way that I worked around the problem was creating two WLAN groups, since we have two SSIDs (one for employees, the other for guests), I put the guest SSID to WLAN group 1, and the regular SSID to WLAN group 2. Then per each AP, I assign the group 1 to 2G, and the other to 5G. This way, employees who only connect to the regular SSID will all be on 5G, and the guest users on 2G. It has been a year now and the connectivity loss issue has disappeared as I no longer receive Wifi-related complaints. Currently my controller is still v4.8.14 on RackSpace; my USG firmware is v220.127.116.1196630 (I found it very stable); and APs are running v18.104.22.16864.
A member in this thread mentioned that Apple's machines (MacBook Air and Pro) had dual-band issues; the workaround seems to support that opinion. Is any one else still experiencing this problem?
12-16-2015 05:44 PM
Sorry for the trouble here. We'd like to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible.
There are some known issues on 4.7.5 that may be causing this. Would you be able to sign up for Beta and give our current release candidate a try?
How to sign up for Beta: https://help.ubnt.com/hc/en-us/articles/204908664-How-To-Signup-for-Beta-Access
Current release candidate (4.8.7 as of this writing): http://community.ubnt.com/t5/UniFi-Beta-Blog/bg-p/Blog_UniFi_Beta
Or if you'd prefer not to use a release candidate, could you alternatively try the latest stable release (4.7.6, as of this writing):
Either way, after you upgrade the controller, please do update the AP firmware from the controller and see if the intermittent issues persist. If the issues do persist, we'd like to establish a nutty.io session to each of the APs to look at their logs.
Sorry again for the trouble here.
12-17-2015 09:22 AM
Thank you Brandon for responding so quickly!
I will try upgrading the controller and the firmware over this weekend to minimize the down time. A few questions regarding upgrade though:
- What's the best way to upgrade the controller (the controller is currently running on Debian 8.2 on RackSpace)?
- Would the controller settings be kept after upgrade? Or do I have to re-provision the USG and UAPs?
- What's the best way to roll back the controller to v4.7.5 if necessary?
12-17-2015 09:42 AM
You're very welcome. Thanks for reporting the problem.
First save a system backup: Settings -> Maintenance -> Download Backup
- For Alpha/Beta/RC I typically download the .deb wget and install using dpkg -i:
wget http://www.ubnt.com/downloads/unifi/4.8.8-p2c99xp/unifi_sysvinit_all.deb sudo dpkg -i unifi_sysvinit_all.deb
- Yes, they're kept. Always best to do a backup anyways.
- Since you'd be going back to stable (actually 4.7.6), you could simply do:
sudo apt-get remove unifi sudo apt-get install unifiThen you can restore settings using: Settings -> Maintenance -> Restore
I hope that helps and sorry for the trouble here.
12-17-2015 09:55 AM
I'm having the exact same issues with a very similar setup. Sadly I had to put our old Apple Airport Extremes back out until this is resolved.
I configured channels, signal strength, min RSSI, disabled Uplink Connectivity Monitor... tried about everything I could think of. People 10 feet away from the AP with clear line of sight are losing connectivity, signal is fine. Pretty much everyone has Late 2013 MBPs.
@UBNT-Brandon: I'm running the controller on a CloudKey. Is there any way to update that to the beta firmware?
12-17-2015 10:15 AM
@croemmich The Cloudkey actually runs Debian, so the process is the same.
What version are you currently running?
12-17-2015 10:28 AM - edited 12-17-2015 10:30 AM
@croemmich Edit: Could you post this information for the MBPs? Also, do other clients experience the same problem?
Also, what does your network diagram look like?
Thanks in advance,
12-17-2015 11:33 AM - edited 12-17-2015 12:07 PM
@UBNT-Brandon, sorry for my terrible sketch, I don't have a blueprint handy. It's not quite to scale, but probably good enough. It's an open office environment, not much to get in the way. Placement is fairly ideal.
AP1: A couple reported issues a day, 25 devices
AP2: A couple reported issues a day, 15 devices
AP3: Room currently unused due to renovation
AP4: 50% of people in room have issues, 15 devices.
Waiting to get the OS version info from the people have issues. Other than that, they should all be:
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
I also noticed some issues with our Chromecasts, but it looks like you have fixed that in the RC.
OSX versions having issues:
12-17-2015 05:14 PM
We're investigating. We just took down 4.8.8 for unrelated issues (problems w/ legacy APs upgrading). Please give 4.8.7 a try.
12-19-2015 02:15 PM - edited 12-19-2015 02:18 PM
Now that v4.8.8 is removed, should I still go ahead to upgrade my controller to v4.8.7 to solve our connection problem?
v4.8.7's release note says that we should avoid remotely upgrading any hardware with this release. I am a bit hesitated to upgrade the controller to this version. I would prefer to upgrade to a stable version, but not sure if 4.7.6 would fix our wifi connection issues.
12-19-2015 02:25 PM
12-19-2015 03:20 PM
I just upgraded the controller to v4.7.6 and updated the APs' firmware to 22.214.171.12491. We will see whether our users still have issues next week. I will keep this thread updated.
12-24-2015 09:28 PM
12-27-2015 08:12 PM
After we tried v4.7.6 and v4.8.7 on linode, still facing same issue here. Is it possible ubnt team could help us (e.g. looking into log files)? It's unacceptable to keep asking clients to restart their wifi function.
12-28-2015 07:27 PM
Thanks for reporting @qiaohu. Could you please share the make/model and firmware/software versions of the client experiencing the problem?
Thanks in advance,
12-28-2015 07:30 PM
Definitely. Could you please PM me nutty.io links (don't post here) for the APs and also send me the support file for the controller?
Also, what are make/model of the clients experiencing the problems?
Thanks in advance,
01-01-2016 09:18 PM
I'm having the same problem. The clients with the problem are a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015), MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015), and iPhone 6s.
01-02-2016 08:58 PM
Thanks for reporting. What UniFi version are you running?