M and MSM Series

Transferring big size of file problem (wireless)

Occasional Advisor

Transferring big size of file problem (wireless)

Hi everybody,


I'd like to know your idea about speed on the wireless network while some client transferring big size of file. This behavior can make a speed drop or not. Because I found my customer do that and the wireless network on the floor is very slow. Sometimes response of ping is very high (upto 3000ms or timedout).


More info.

I configure 4 VSCs but in the same subnet to do MAC filtering.

Network model: MSM720 MSM410


Is it normal?

How to solve?


Thanks in advance,


Best regards,
Regular Advisor

Re: Transferring big size of file problem (wireless)

Hello. Yes, it can be pretty common for other wireless users to experience slower performance if one user is doing large file transfers. One way to combat that can be to implement Airtime Fairness on the APs, though it's only available on v6.0+ code and not something I've yet tested.

Remember that wireless is SHARED airspace. Each wireless client is competing for a slice of the pie, in general terms. The more clients you have in that airspace, and the more network traffic they generate, the harder it becomes for everyone else to get a slice of that same airspace.

One other thing that I have seen cause HUGE problems in some wireless environments is co-channel interferences and also outdated/old wireless drivers used on the wireless devices themselves. I've personally run into several instances where having 30 laptops on an AP will cause severe performance problems, 1000ms-3000ms ping times and dropped packets, etc. yet those same problems being totally fixed merely by updating the wireless driver used on those same laptops.

Truth be told, in the past, HP MSM wireless also had their share of problems with performance back in the 5.7.0.x firmware code days, but newer releases have been FAR better and much more reliable when it comes to wlan performance.

Last, excessive broadcasts will absolutely ruin your wireless airspace as well, so I always recommend to ENABLED broadcast filtering at the VSC level, both for guest wireless and secured wireless VSCs.
Jesse R
Source One Technology, Inc.
HP Partner

MSM 5.7.x deployment guide: