This document will explain the meaning of each table column in the “Scanner” tab of the WLAN Controller. The “Scanner” tab contains devices that have been detected by the WLAN Controller Clients. These columns are “Station Name”, “SSID”, “BSSID”, “Class Type”, “RSSI”, “Authentication”, “Network Type”, “Encryption”, “Channel”, “Last Seen”, “Radio”, and “Distance.”
The first column “Station Name” will give the MAC address of the device by default, but this can be changed by going to active devices and changing the name of the device.
The “SSID” (Service Set Identifier) is the name of the device picked up by WLAN Controller. This name is given to the device by the user, in order to distinguish the device easily.
THE “BSSID” (Basic Service Set Identifier) is the MAC address or the unique address that identifies the SSID device.
The next column “Class Type” will give the type of class that the device is. This “Class Type” is assigned by the user in the “Scanner” Tab. (see WLAN Controller Documentation – advanced filtering)
The “RSSI” (Received Signal Strength Indication) is the Signal Strength received from the Device. This indicates you how good of a signal you are getting from the Station to the Device.
The “Authentication” Column tells the user, which type of Authentication the device is using to connect to the station. The current types of Authentication are “WPA2 – Personal”, “WPA2 – Enterprise”, “WPA – Personal”, “WPA – Enterprise”, “WEP”, and “Open”. WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II) is the most secure Authentication used to date and Open is the least secure, and doesn’t even require an authentication key.
The “Network Type” Column tells the user, which type of “Network Type” the device is using to communicate with the station. The options for “Network Type” are “Infrastructure”, which is an access point that has access to the internet directly, and “Ad- Hoc”, which is a peer – to – peer access.
The “Encryption” column tells the user, which type of encryption is being used between the station and the device. The options for encryption are “CCMP”, “TKIP”, “WEP”, and “NONE”.
The “Channel” column shows the user which channel the devices are communicating on.
The “Last Seen” Column shows the Time and Date Stamp of the last time that the device was active and was seen by the station. This data is formatted to show the date first and then the time.
The “Radio” column shows which frequency or band of wireless signal the device is using to communicate with the station.
The “Distance” column shows how far away the device is from the station in meters. This is an excellent gauge of measurement for when you may want to add other access points or devices to your network.
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