Automatic power output reduction based on number of connected clients

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A reseller used to HP Procurve Wireless is asking if Aerohive has a similar feature to automatically reduce the output power of a radio when none or only very few clients are connected.

Is that somehow possible, or - if not - can you give me a statement why not? :-)

Thanks a lot in advance...
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It's conceivably possible, Carsten, but why? What is their claimed benefit from this?
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Feedback from reseller:

- less radiation pollution
- less power consumption

Both are quite important points being asked by from official sides for wifi installations in public schools (here in Switzerland).
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Carsten,

Think about it. If the AP is not serving clients it it fairly quiet, sending beacon frames at approximately 10 times per second. So any potential "radiation pollution" is minimal as it is.

If you check the power consumption of our units if they are idle or not doing much, the output is really small.

So the feature is nothing more than a marketing hype really.
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Thanks Gregor, I will forward this accordingly :-)