Increase wireless coverage with the same wireless access point

Time and time again I receive tickets for wireless dead spots in one of our remote locations. At first I would send another access point and have a tech run a CAT5 drop to connect it. This solution always works to cover the location that does not have good wireless coverage. Even though it always resolves the issue, it is very expensive. Sometimes it is the only way to resolve the issue.

After a while I started getting tired of sending equipment and spending money on a tech to install it. I started experimenting with newer code on the Cisc Wireless LAN Controller (WLC). In multiple locations I have a Cisco 2106 Wireless LAN Controllers with Cisco 1131 access points. To my surprise, upgrading from version 6 to version 7 increased the coverage area enough to fill in the coverage gaps or dead spots.

This doesn’t always work, but when it does, it saves the company hundreds of dollars.

Have you been able to increase the wireless coverage by upgrading software?
If so, what equipment and versions did you go from and to?

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