Meraki - How to set Output Power

The transmit power of an AP affects the wireless coverage area

In WiFi Scanner you can see the RSSI or received signal strength indicator for any AP in your area under "Signal:"

The transmit power of an AP affects the wireless coverage area and the maximum achievable signal-to-noise ratio. Proper configuration of transmit power is important for ensuring a wireless network is operating at its highest capacity.  An access point output power is measured in dBm.

The FCC regulates WiFi output power to a maximum of 1 watt (1000mW) in the U.S Access points, routers, and bridges. Standard office spaces: 10-14dBm @EIRP for 5GHz. 6-10dBm @EIRP for 2.4GHz. Also, Reducing transmit power reduces the range of the AP, such that a user associates only with the nearest AP in a room containing multiple APs. This helps distribute the users across the AP's deployed in a single physical space.


Meraki Solution:

To check the output power:

  1. Login to your Meraki Dashboard
  2. Navigate to the “Wireless” tab on the left-hand column
  3. Under “Configure” click “Radio Settings”
  4. On this page, you can update/change the output power. 
  5. After the changes have been made, click “Save Changes”
  6. Go back to your WiFiScanner software and do another scan.
  7. Check and see if the issue has been resolved.