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Configuring the Wireless Multimedia (WMM) settings to Best Effort

Configuring the Wireless Multimedia (WMM) to Best Effort prioritizes the packets for time-sensitive multimedia applications like Voice over IP (VoIP) or online games.

NOTE:  These settings should only be configured by advanced users as incorrect settings can reduce wireless performance.

Follow the steps below to configure the Wireless Multimedia (WMM) settings to best effort:

Step 1:
Access the web-based setup page of your Linksys Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge.  To learn how, click here.

Step 2:
On the setup page, click the Wireless tab then click the WMM sub-tab.

Step 3:
Select Best Effort on the Access Mode drop-down menu.  Fill-in the information on the screen.


The WMM Best Effort screen allows you to set the following information:

Use Aggregation – This option defines whether or not the Media Access Control (MAC) layer will set up an Add Block Acknowledgement (ADDBA) session.  The default value is Yes.  Select No to disable this option.

Accept Aggregation – This option defines whether or not the MAC layer will accept ADDBA session.  The default value is Yes.  Select No to disable this option.

Max. Number of Packets in Aggregation – This option defines the maximum number of packets or sub-frames in the aggregate. The range is form 0 to 10.  The default value is 10.

Max. Aggregation Size – This option defines the maximum size of the aggregate in bytes.  The range is from 0 to 2000.  The default value is 1600.

Timeout Internal – This option defines the timeout period which the aggregate should be closed with a “closing condition” by the timer.  The range is from 0 to 100 ms.  The default value is 3.

Min. Size of Packet in Aggregation – This option defines the minimum size of packets to be accumulated in the aggregate, in bytes.  The range is from 0 to 1500.  The default value is 10.

ADDBA Timeout – This option defines the duration after which the ADDBA setup is terminated, if there are no frame exchanges within this duration by the Black Acknowledgement (ACK) agreement.  The range is 0 to 65535 ms.  The default value is 0, which disables the timeout.

Aggregation Window Size – This option defines the maximum number of packets transmitted without getting ACKs.  The range is 0 to 64.  The default value is 64.

Step 4:
Click Save Settings to apply the changes.  If you don’t want to change your Wireless Multimedia settings, click Cancel Changes.

IMPORTANT:  There may be instances wherein the changes made for the Access Mode do not apply.  For example, after changing the Access Mode to Best Effort and saving the changes, the field still shows Background.

To resolve this, you need to upgrade the firmware of your device.  Upgrading fixes all the bug issues encountered by your current firmware version.  Click on the links below to learn how to download and upgrade your device’s firmware.

Downloading the latest drivers or firmware from Linksys support site
Upgrading the firmware of your Linksys Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge


Related Articles:

Setting the Wireless Multimedia (WMM) settings to voice
Configuring the Wireless Multimedia (WMM) settings to video
Configuring Settings for WMM Background Mode

 

 

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