Chanalyzer is marketed for larger campuses, while the InSSIDer Office and Personal is targeted to smaller environments. I think that both have great value, but in this post I will focus on Chanalyzer.
Access point groups (AP groups) help us as wireless network designers/administrators control our wireless networks and distribute WLANs with better precision. For each AP group created we are allowed up to 16 WLANs to support… In fact, the first 16 WLAN ID’s are automatically assigned to what is called the ‘default-group‘ on a Cisco WLC — This is something to be cognizant of when deploying AP groups and WLANs on your network, because all of the APs that join your WLC can join this default group… by default.
We also have control over the RF in these AP groups thanks to RF Profiles. Creating RF Profiles to attach to our AP groups gives us the ability to set DCA/TPC thresholds, data rates and several other options.
You have the power! You have a lot of power to tune and distribute your WLANs with AP groups. There are other related topics that will be covered in upcoming posts, but the following will discuss how to construct an AP group and add an AP to the new group.