I am setting up a mesh with my access points and am also moving to using the integrated AP Controller in my Balance 1. I guess my threshold for manually configuring access points is somewhere between 3 and 5. I recently added two new AP One AX access points and figured I would use the Mini ACs that were replaced as non-wired APs to extend range out to my hot tub and garage/theater room.
When the non-wired APs are connected via mesh to other APs - I am unable to navigate directly to their administration site by IP address. I kept thinking that they were not attached to the mesh because the website failed to load. I am however able to manage them through the controller and can get to the administration site THROUGH the AP Controller. The little square icon with an arrow coming out at an angle in the AP list that has the tooltip “Access AP Web Admin” seems to be the only way to fully manage the settings not available in the controller config section. Is this on purpose? It only seems to impact the APs that are connected through mesh. All hard-wired APs can be accessed through the controller link AND direct URL navigation.
When I try to navigate to https://192.168.1.4 - I get the redirect, but then the browser stalls out and the page never loads. I can tell that I hit the redirect because the URL changes to https://192.168.1.4/cgi-bin/setup.cgi?option=first_page&mode=config. Eventually safari times out and gives a generic error page. Is this a feature or a bug?
The second part of my post is regarding channel scanning. I thought the point of scanning channels of neighboring access points was to prevent two APs from broadcasting on the same channels. Out of 5 APs, 3 of them chose the same 5Ghz channel and two chose the same 2.4Ghz channel. I ended up manually setting different channels, but I would have thought that the APs would have auto-learned a good range of channels. To be fair, I have more wifi than I have area or users. I have some weak coverage areas that I am trying to get a better signal (so I have the APs relatively close to the wired ones – about 40-50 feet). Since they are so close, I was very surprised to see them choose the same channels.
Also, with the “global” scan time configuration from the AP Controller – what prevents the APs from all scanning/changing at the same time. Seems to me that they should stagger this operation to avoid all choosing the same channel. Maybe the scanning is tied to the deployment method (ASAP, one at a time, or groups)?
Thanks for all the hard work on all of these great updates rolling out!