Let’s take a closer look at the Cambium Network’s XV3-8 Access Point.
You can download read all the specs on the XV3-8 here: https://www.cambiumnetworks.com/resource/xv3-8-wi-fi-6-access-point-data-sheet/
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Ferney Muñoz with Wireless LAN Professionals.
Let's talk a little bit about it.
That's a Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax, 8x8x8
access point from Cambium Networks,
This video is in no way sponsored by Cambium.
Neither is it a comprehensive set of instructions
on how to configure properly.
This is just to share with you my first impression.
The device can be configured multiple ways.
You can manage it with xms cloud.
Or with the cnMaestro
which is the cloud management for
And it can also be managed as a standalone device.
This is the approach I'm going to take.
By default it is set on the
192.168.0 network with 24 bitmask
I'm going to join it to my local network
which is 192.168.128
Using this application LanScan Pro
I'm going to scan the network
The last four of the Mac address of this device
is "dc:0c" so it obtained that one "37"
So now let's go over to my browser
I will use that IP address 137.
And the default username and password is just
"admin" "admin" Very simple.
And once I go in
the dashboard provides plenty of information
if I have any clients connected
what channels am I using on 2.4 and 5 GHz
I don't have MGIG ports in my network
I only have 1GIG so it is getting 1GB connection
And it's showing that both radios
2.4 and 5 are up and running.
Here on the access point info we have
model software Mac address the hostname
Uptime, some resources
And yes, this is a 3 radio dual-band
this guy has a 2.4 radio
and software-defined radio using 5GB
Right now I only have one radio in 5GB
and I'm using all 8x8x8 on it.
If I want to split that into two radios,
I'll have two radios that are 4x4
Also, this type of AP is "RW Rest of World"
so I can just set up on any regulatory domain
here on the right, the radio info will give me
stats on my 2.4 like how many WLANs I have
Clients, if I have any connected
What channel they're operating,
channel widths and power levels.
This has been great because we set up some SSIDs
for testing and we manually came and
set up the power levels.
So let's see how we can go through
and look at all of these settings.
Starting with the monitor tab
here on the left, we have the "System".
The System is a breakdown
of what we looked on the dashboard
just a little bit about the AP itself.
Looking at the radio, the Radio 1 is in 2.4
It tells me that, yes, it is enabled
channel is set to auto 20 MHz wide
and 10 dBm power.
It also showed me the antenna gain
My second radio is enabled.
The channel is automatic as well.
And I made it 20MHz wide channel.
And I'm transmitting 16dBm.
On the WLAN tab
it gives me information about my SSIDs
I have one in 2.4 that's my wlan1
my wlan2 is an SSID I created in 5GHz
And this is the summary of the, of that SSID
I also created a third one just for testing.
Looking at the network, it gives me information
about the IP address obtained on my default VLAN
and information on my interfaces.
Also if I were to have some other routing
or Ethernet ports configured
that information will show up in here.
The DHP server I have not enabled on this guy
so it doesn't show anything
On the Services
It's a summary I will show you under Configure,
which is our following tab each one of these options.
This remember, the Monitor, is to look at the
configurations on each one of those.
Let's now look at the Configure part.
If we start with Configure System.
Here is where I would set the name
of the access point
Location and Contact Information
and Country Code.
This is the place where I would choose what
Regulatory Domain this guy will be operating at.
Also, if it's an indoor and outdoor placement.
And here is the place where you can
split these 5Ghz 8x8x8 into two, 4x4 radios.
So to apply this, I would have to restart the device.
I'm not going to do that.
But here it specifies that it will just split them
one of the radius will be UNII-2c and UNII-3
And the other one will be in UNII-1 and UNII-2a
to prevent them from being too close to each other.
I am going to disable that guy.
Edit this if I want them "on"
under the Management,
here is where I will set up SSH parameters
and what ports I want to use for Management
and radios also SMNP information
and NTP servers will be set up in here.
Another little bit of information.
This video is not to show you how to configure
every little one of the options here.
Just to give you an impression and a little quick
overview of the interface.
Notice I'm still under Configure
and here I have Radio 1
and the settings under this Basic tab
will affect my 2.4 Radio.
Yes, I have this radio enabled Channel is Automatic.
But notice down here
where it says Candidate Channels,
I specified 1, 6 and 11,
So I let it to automatically assign a channel.
But out of these three, I don't want it to land
This is to prevent this from landing.
the AP in channel 3 or 5 or 9 or 10.
So I force it into 1, 6, and 11,
The Channel Width I force it to 20MHz wide channel
And I manually specify 10 dBm as my power level.
Beacon Interval that's default.
And Airtime Fairness I have that disabled,
but here is the place where you would set that up.
Also what fi Mode you want.
You could have "b", or "bg" or "gn"
or all kinds of combinations,
but I force it to be "n" only.
And with Short Guard Interval enabled.
If I want to do some of channel scanning
here's what I would enable that.
And also the Auto RF.
Notice that the Auto RF this is the RRM option
it will change to a different channel
based on either Interference
or on Channel-Utilization.
And if you choose by Channel-Utilization
I can set the threshold
and by default it's set to 25%
So if a channel is 25% utilized or more
then is going to try to move to a different channel
and it will try to hold the channel for 120 minutes.
Also under the 5GHz radio if I click on the 5GHz radio
the options are the same, but for the 5Ghz radio.
Channels it will show me what channels.
Notice that this guy is on UNII-1 and UNII-3
Perhaps it doesn't have the approval
for using the other channels.
Also, I force the channels to just be 20MHz wide
with a transmit power of 16dBm.
This is the place where you change that
as well as what fi Mode you want to use.
All the rest of the settings are the same for both.
And also there is an Enhanced Roaming here.
This option will disconnect clients
that have too weak of a signal,
kind of like you're helping them
or influencing them to go to a different channel.
Under the WLAN
I have this SSID in 2.4 only
Let's look at the basic settings of this guy.
It is enabled. Mesh is off.
Here's the name of the SSID
You can just call it whatever you want to call it.
And I left it on the default VLAN.
If you have more VLANs created
then you can assign it to a separate one.
Security I have "open"
I have the osen, which is for Passpoint.
I have WPA2 and WPA3 options.
I have it open right now
and notice that I am advertising in 2.4 only
Let's jump down here to the option for Band Steering
That option is disabled
We don't let our devices decide
what band to send clients to
We manually set radios SSIDs
on 2.4 radios only
or 5Ghz only radios
also in here I will set up the Client Isolation
Some vendors call these peer to peer communications
or client to client communications
So this is to allow or prevent clients
from talking to each other without going through
the access point.
The option to hide the SSIDs will be here
And also under the Advanced Settings
You can schedule... enable the
Unscheduled Automatic Power Safe Delivery Mode
And very important, this has QBSS load element
This is great because on the Beacon it gets announced
giving a report on how busy a channel is
giving Channel Utilization and also Station Count
It helps clients make decisions on, you know
is this a good AP for me or not?
Here as well I can set the DTIM interval for this SSID
There is some more additional information
and all of the information here
including if it's going to be Tunnel
If it's going to be using 802.11k or v or r
then will be under the Basic settings.
Now, all of these settings affect this SSID only
Also, Radius Survey information will be here.
If it's going to be a Guest Network
then you can Enable it and provide
additional information under this tab
Usage Limit. This will be for rate limiting
And remember, that's not recommended
But here's where those are
in case you come into an engagement
that requires you to do so
Also under the WLAN tab
You can also for each SSID
you can configure Access
And you can configure any Passpoint settings
Those settings will be here for that SSID
If I want to create a new SSID
all I have to do is click on Add WLAN
I have three created so far
so my next number will be my WLAN ID 4
and then I create all of the settings
that we just went through
Here's where I will give the SSID
if I want to add security
on what radios I want to advertise that SSID
and so on and so forth
Let's move now to the Network tab
The default VLAN is 1.
and my IP settings are said to DHCP
If you want to assign a static IP to this access point
Then here is the place where you
would set that IP and mask
Also, if there are IPv6 settings
that you want to configure
here's the place to do them
And on the routing and DNS
You can add also additional DNS servers
and any other information
that you need for these device to be accessible
Under the Routes
you can just add more
and Ethernet Ports remember, you have two ports
One is an MGIG port, so there's a 1, 2 and 5 gig
And I have a 1 gig port as well that you can enable
And for security, there are some DoS protection stuff
like IP Spoof and ICMP Fragment
There are, you know, a little bit of things
you can do for security
DHCP, I have not enabled this device
as a DHCP server, but if you want to have this device
distribute IP addresses, here is where
you would create a new pool
Also for information for Tanavoli, employee information will be set under the network tab.
And also if you want to create multiple VLANs
and assign SSIDs to different VLANs
here is the place
If you have an LDAP Server
then here is where you would enter that information
Speed Test. I enabled this
We're going to look at this
on the troubleshoot section
And also if you want to include an Option 82
here is the place
Now under Operations,
here's the place where you would do menas like upgrade the firmware this software, reboot
the device or set it back to actual default.
Or if you have multiple apps, you can flash the is to identify which ones those are and
also import and export the configuration for this device under the troubleshoot.
Does the last stop here on the left, you have the Wi-Fi analyzer.
I can select the band if I want to start a scan in two point four, you will get off
channel and go and scan on every channel and see what other networks, SSD and their Mac
addresses are around me.
So this will give me some information along with some noise levels.
So this will help me a little bit in identifying what channels could I use in this area.
I can do the same thing on five gig.
Of course, this is not going to replace Wi-Fi exploded from Adrian Granados or Wi-Fi light
This is just.
Another cool troubleshooting tool that we have in here as part of the interface, also, if
we look at the spectrum analyzer, I tried generating some signals with the Wi-Fi matrix.
This I could not either on safari or on chrome.
I couldn't have it.
Show me some relevant information.
Again, this is something that is there.
I know there is anything else that I have to do to make it work, but this is not a
replacement for my sidekick.
I'm not going to replace my sidekick with this.
And this is not why I would buy one of these cambium eight by eight by eight access points
to the spectrum.
Know I have the psyche for that on the speed test I tried.
I have a WLAN Pi and setting up the IP address as my end point nine to one, twenty eight
to fifty four does the IP address of my WLAN Pi.
I try to either upload to an uplink or downlink and it just gives me an error.
So if I wanted to really do some testing, I'll figure out how to make this work.
But that's not a priority for me on this device.
I do use the ping from here just to make sure I can indeed get to CWNP in my my ping was
successful. The packet capture.
I did some captures and my w LAN on the first one and it's basic, it captures Packards,
but it's not I don't have an option like to export this as a pick up and input into Omni
Peak or Wireshark to analyze.
This is kind of another feature that I have there along with the logs.
Remember, this video is not showing you how to configure just to navigate and show you the
different options you have.
My first impression with this guy is it was really easy to configure and very, very,
extremely easy to navigate.
Also, I created an account in computer networks because they have the computer networks
management in the cloud and it's free.
So I went created an account very quick.
I received an email confirming that, yes, I wanted to register.
Once I went and created the account, I logged in and here I am.
I have access to the interface design management system that comes to you at no cost.
Kind of surprising as well.
And I can on both devices from here, I can claim device.
I have not claim any device yet, but I could claim and manage the cambium devices from
here. So very easy to use, very intuitive as well.
It provides plenty of information and just a single pane.
If I were to have multiple devices in multiple locations, I could manage them from here at
no extra cost.
Sounds too good to be true, huh?
Well, we're so used to fees, fees, fees, but this guy seems to not have one.
That is it.
We did do some testing with this device.
We'll be showing those results in different set of videos.
And this was just to show you the interface, how easy it is to navigate and configure and
We will see you again in our video.
If you want to learn more about Wi-Fi networks, if you want to be part of the community,
come and join us.
W LAN dot com.
That's the place for anyone else.
Have a great day.
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