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Roaming in Orbi and Roaming Enhancement Standards

A very good study about Roaming standards in Orbi and general information about roaming enhancement standards, that can help in understanding the behavior of the different devices during moving between Orbi base stations (Router & Satellites):

https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-features/33195-wi-fi-roaming-secrets-revealed

https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-features/33196-wi-fi-roaming-secrets-revealed-part...

 

Basic takings are:

- Orbi supports 802.11k, v and r to enhance wifi roaming

- Orbi uses band-steering and AP-steering (part of 802.11v) to force the device to move to the band in the Router/Satellite that the device receives better or to another Router/Satellite if that AP has better coverage for the specific device.

 - Roaming decision is always taken by the device not the AP. The AP can just help and suggest to the device to roam but can't take the decision to roam.

- Devices that do not support roaming enhancement standards and "Sticky devices" can cause bad user experience.

- Old devices that use long scanning time can cause wifi drops while roaming.

- For wifi calling (Voice over Wifi), a roam must be completed in max 50 - 100 ms to avoid call interruption. 802.11k and 802.11r improve the roaming time if supported by the device.

 

My Setup Internet Fiber ONT 250↓/250↑ISP Telenor | Wifi Router Orbi RBK50 AC3000, Router Mode, Wired Backhaul / Orbi RBK852 AX6000, Router Mode, Wireless Backhaul | Switches Netgear GS208Time Zone CET (Sweden)

Model: RBK50| Orbi AC3000 High-Performance Tri-Band WiFi System
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Re: Roaming in Orbi and Roaming Enhancement Standards

Also very good article about Apple's description of iOS support for 802.11k, v and r.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202628

And another one to learn more about IOS roaming:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203068

 

My Setup Internet Fiber ONT 250↓/250↑ISP Telenor | Wifi Router Orbi RBK50 AC3000, Router Mode, Wired Backhaul / Orbi RBK852 AX6000, Router Mode, Wireless Backhaul | Switches Netgear GS208Time Zone CET (Sweden)

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Re: Roaming in Orbi and Roaming Enhancement Standards

Also very good article about Apple's description of iOS support for 802.11k, v and r.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202628

And another one to learn more about IOS roaming:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203068

 

My Setup Internet Fiber ONT 250↓/250↑ISP Telenor | Wifi Router Orbi RBK50 AC3000, Router Mode, Wired Backhaul / Orbi RBK852 AX6000, Router Mode, Wireless Backhaul | Switches Netgear GS208Time Zone CET (Sweden)

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