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SBG6900-AC (v1.5.x): Band Steering Setup

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How do I improve Wi-Fi performance on my SBG6900-AC?
Answer
The SBG6900-AC has the ability to improve Wi-Fi performance by using Band Steering.  Band Steering technology will detect if a Wi-Fi client has dual-band capabilities and will send the Wi-Fi client to the 5 GHz band if the 2.4 GHz band becomes overcrowded.  (If the 5 GHz band gets crowded, the Band Steering function can also move a 5 GHz client to the 2.4 GHz band.)  When the SBG6900-AC sends a Wi-Fi client from the 2.4 GHz band to the 5 GHz band, the client may experience a brief Wi-Fi disconnection and reconnection.

NOTE: Band Steering requires that the Network Name (SSID)Wireless Encryption type, and Passphrase (Wireless password) match on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands in order to function.

In some situations the Wi-Fi client may experience disconnects and reconnects depending on the location of the client device in respect to the Wireless AP.  The 2.4 GHz band does provides greater distance for the connection while the 5 GHz band provides higher speed in shorter distances for the connection.  As the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands share the same Network Name (SSID), it is recommended to disable Band Steering to reduce the confusion on the Wi-Fi client.  Once Band Steering is disabled it is suggested to rename the Network Name (SSID) of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to unique name to differentiate them.  The Wi-Fi clients will then connect to the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands independently.  The Wi-Fi client will have to manually reconnect to the new SSIDs after disabling the Band Steering option.  

This document contains the following section:


Enable Band Steering

NOTE: 
When Band Steering is enabled, the Wireless SSID, Wireless Security, Wireless Encryption and the Passphrase are now grayed out on the 5 GHz tab of the Wireless Primary Network Web Manager page to ensure proper Band Steering configuration.  Any changes desired to the wireless settings will take place on the 2.4 GHz tab and take affect over both radios.
  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.  Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page will appear.
     
  2. On the Login page, enter admin in the Username field.
     
  3. Enter password in the Password field.
     
  4. Click the Login button.  The Home page will appear.

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  5. Move the mouse-cursor over the Wireless on the main menu and click the Performance Enhancements link on the sub-menu.  The Wireless - Performance Enhancements page will appear. 

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  6. On the Wireless - Performance Enhancements page, click the Band Steering drop-down menu and select Enabled.

    NOTE: When the Band Steering option is Enabled it is enabled for both the 2.4 and 5 GHz band. 

     
  7. Click the Apply button. 

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Disable Band Steering
  1. Launch a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari.  Enter http://192.168.0.1 into the address box, and press the Enter key.  The Login page will appear.
     
  2. On the Login page, enter admin in the Username field.
     
  3. Enter password in the Password field.
     
  4. Click the Login button.  The Home page will appear.

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  5. Move the mouse-cursor over the Wireless on the main menu and click the Performance Enhancements link on the sub-menu.  The Wireless - Performance Enhancements page will appear. 

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  6. On the Wireless - Performance Enhancements page, click the Band Steering drop-down menu and select Disabled.

    NOTE: When the Band Steering option is Disabled it is disabled for both the 2.4 and 5 GHz band. 

     
  7. Click the Apply button. 

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