Aerohive Wireless Review

I’m finally at a point where I can share my experience with the aerohive AP121 dual radio access point I acquired. When I first received the access point I placed it in my office which is in the northeast corner of my 1600 square foot ranch home. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to test the AP with all of my mobile devices because I wasn’t able to receive a strong enough signal on the other site of the house. I was only picking up at best a receive signal strenght of -78 to -80. This wasn’t good. The connection on my nexus 4, apple first gen IPad, and galaxy S3 would lag and drop connection constantly. I was using a dd-wrt extender AP in my living room which is in the center of my house prior to the aerohive AP. This type of signal penetration is to be expected when you’re working with mobile devices and with an AP that can only pump out a max of 20dbm.

I wanted to get the aerohive AP into the center of the house, so I picked up a pair of netgear powerline 200’s. This worked perfectly. I really wanted to dig into the aerohive cloud based dashboard, “hiveManager” with some client stats and placing the AP in the center of the house allowed all my devices to stay connected without a hitch.

I couldn’t help it. The first place I went to was the spectrum analysis utility.

aerohive-hivemanager-spectrum

This is a real-time spectrum analysis using the 2.4 Ghz radio. You get a nice waterfall view as well. The time it takes to refresh is instantaneous and this is going through their online cloud management system over a Comcast connection. I was able to test the speed by firing my dd-wrt repeater up in AP mode on channel 6. I instantly started to see the interference on channel 6. You also can see an FFT duty cycle graph as well, but I left that out on the screen shot.

Here’s another article on the Aerohive Hivemanager maps tool

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