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Mikrotik for Large Warehouses scenarios

Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:12 am

Hello all,

I have a project I'm working on.
I want to know about your experiences with large warehouse scenarios.

Is mikrotik suited fo the job?

My scenario is about the following:

total area: aprox 75.000 sq ft
ceiling: 40feet high, all metallic
racks: metalic, 35 feet high , 2,2m wide,
aisles between racks: 3,2m wide


My main concerns:

- client devices are symbol and motorola handhelds:
how good are this things roaming between APs?
They won't be using heavy traffic, but handoffs of 1min are unacceptable

- is CAPsMAN working fine for: auto channel selection? dynamic power adjusting and other features competitors with wireless controller systems (cisco, extreme, aruba etc) brags to have?

- Due the fact that APs need to be on the ceiling, is there a right equipment for the job?
I guess omni-directional antennas will be a waste of energy. They need to be directional, aimed from top to bottom and have coverage of all the aisle.
One AP per aisle, or two at most, if they are placed at the walls facing each other.
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Re: Mikrotik for Large Warehouses scenarios

Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:39 am

Maybe you can learn about problems from this thread or contact it's poster:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=146457
 
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Re: Mikrotik for Large Warehouses scenarios

Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:39 am

We made a project with a large chemical products enterprise. Many floors with metallic mesh floors, offices, etc. We used SXT with CAPsMAN. They use the wireless network mainly with iPads for watching videos about repair procedures for machinery. We expanded the same network to offices, adding wAP-AC. We had to provide a minimum of 50 Mbps everywhere and roaming. We used about 10 SXT for Interior / 2 for Exterior and 4 wAP for Offices and it works very very well.

- client devices are symbol and motorola handhelds:
how good are this things roaming between APs?
They won't be using heavy traffic, but handoffs of 1min are unacceptable

Roaming largely depend on device network / wireless implementation. We had problem with a particular iPad model but everything was fine for other devices including our laptops, smartphones, etc.

- is CAPsMAN working fine for: auto channel selection? dynamic power adjusting and other features competitors with wireless controller systems (cisco, extreme, aruba etc) brags to have?

In our setup, CAPsMAN dynamically adjusts/optimizes frequencies. The thing i saw that others offers is "Band Steering", which CAPsMAN doesn't offer. But you can use "WiFi Signal Power ACL", but devices must behave correctly with it. I saw iPad sticking to an AP even if the signal was bad and there was a better nearer signal... In our case, the SXT were 5 GHz only so the 2.4 / 5 GHz steering was not a concern.

- Due the fact that APs need to be on the ceiling, is there a right equipment for the job?
I guess omni-directional antennas will be a waste of energy. They need to be directional, aimed from top to bottom and have coverage of all the aisle.
One AP per aisle, or two at most, if they are placed at the walls facing each other.



We did a site survey with a simple free WiFi metering software on our smartphones. This made use choosing the best spots to place the SXT and the right number.
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Re: Mikrotik for Large Warehouses scenarios

Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:21 pm

Why the roof only? Can you not use side walls for installs.
I will search the mUM archives because I recently (have no life) went through a bunch of them and one spoke very closely to your exact setup/requirements.........Will see if I can find it again.
In the meantime this is a decent refresher on some basic wifi considerations........
https://mum.mikrotik.com/presentations/ ... 737579.pdf
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Re: Mikrotik for Large Warehouses scenarios

Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:30 pm

This MUM should generate some ideas.........
https://mum.mikrotik.com/presentations/ ... 843664.pdf (google translate is your friend)
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Re: Mikrotik for Large Warehouses scenarios

Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:58 pm

What we did in our warehouse (a bit smaller, but same racks, just less) is put a directional AP pointing down the side of each aisle.

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