Default 2.4GHz Channel Plan in the UK

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In the UK, HM seems to provide a default channel plan on the 2.4GHz range of channels 1, 5, 9 & 13, rather than the traditional 3 channel plan (1,6,11).

Although this is technically feasible due to the additional channels available in the UK (13), it generally tends to work out very badly due to neighbouring networks operating on 1,6,11.

At least if the default channel plan was 1,6 & 11, a new Aerohive network would co-operate with neighbouring networks using traditional 3 channel plans. Using 4 channels gives very bad results, as neighbouring networks do not co-operate on the higher channels, causing destructive, rather than co-operative, co-channel interference.

Could you change the defaults for the UK. Many folks may not understand the impact and go with the defaults, which may reflect badly on the Aerohive network, which appears to be performing poorly?
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Nigel Bowden

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Posted 5 years ago

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Mike Kouri, Official Rep

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Nigel,

I forwarded this to the Product Manager responsible for Hive Manager, and I've seen that he is already researching this. It may take a little while before we are able to get back to you, please don't think a lack of response means we don't care.
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Nigel Bowden

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Thanks for the feedback :)
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Mike Kouri, Official Rep

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Nigel,

Don't hold your breath because this won't happen in the immediate future, but it is very likely that we WILL make your requested change in a future release.

Thanks for bringing this annoyance to our attention.
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Nick Lowe, Official Rep

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As another UK bod, if you're running a network with BYOD or guest access, you quickly find that channel 13 off limits to some clients meaning they cannot get access to an AP using that channel.

This is especially true where your users are international...