mesh vs. non-mesh controllers

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Nov 25th, 2007

can mesh controllers be mixed with non-mesh controllers (indoor AP)? is it possible to have one roaming for both mesh and non-mesh controllers?

I have this problem too.
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Richard Atkin Mon, 11/26/2007 - 03:47

Obviously a WLC can only have one version of code on it, but if you have two (or more) WLCs, each running different versions of code, then "yes", is the answer. Simply setup a mobility group, configure the same SSIDs on all WLCs, and away you go.

Any questions, just ask.

Richard.

n.manlangit Mon, 11/26/2007 - 05:28

hey Richard, thanks for your reply... appreciate it!

btw, roaming is one thing,,, ap failover is another...

i have 3 WiSM's... and i have only 20 1510 ap's... can the mesh ap's be mixed with the non-mesh ap's in one controller? i plan to reserve/dedicate one controller for the 1510 ap's but failover is the issue... can the mesh ap's failover to the other WLC's, where non-mesh ap's are registered?

thanks for your time!!

Richard Atkin Mon, 11/26/2007 - 05:33

Bit of a fuzzy answer for this one.

If you're using new code, the answer is "no". New code is specifically designed for Mesh or None-Mesh deployments, the different types cannot be mixed.

HOWEVER

Older code did support both types, so if you're considering an N+1 redundancy style deployment, and providing you don't mind the failover taking a few minutes, you could leave your "+1" WLC on an older code that does support both types of deployment.

w.r.t. WiSMs, the two controllers that are housed by a single WiSM can quite happily run different versions of code.

Regards,

Richard

n.manlangit Mon, 11/26/2007 - 05:50

whoa! that was quick!!!

thanks, Richard!

thanks for the ideas... really helped a lot....

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