Wireless Services Controller Usage?

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Feb 11th, 2008
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I have a Network, twenty proposed wireless access points, (Cisco 1240AG's), and I'm trying to explain to the "management", why I would like to use a Wireless network controller like the 3750G-24WS and operate the access points as LWAPP's vs operating them autonomously on a regular POE switch with no wireless-aware features?


Could someone please help me shed some light on how I justify the benefits of managing a cluster of LWAPPS's or just a bunch of autonomous access points?


HELP!


-Thanks!

MorganMorrison

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tmiller888 Tue, 02/12/2008 - 11:04
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Security - LWAPs are more secure because the encrption keys and configs reside on the controller and not the APs.

Price - look for a bundle package from your rep.


Scott Fella Thu, 02/14/2008 - 18:45
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All the above plus my thoughts:


Easy to manage since firmware and configuration comes form the controller. Having to manage each individula ap is time consuming. You can monitor all ap's and clients through the WLC. You have the ability for the ap's to choose the best channel and power setting, which allows an ap to increase its power if one of the neighbor ap's is down. Of course, this depends on how close your ap's are.


Autonomous is old school.... haha

ammorrison Thu, 02/14/2008 - 23:39
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Thanks for the information. Yes all the AP's are in close proximity, presently there's 21, 1240AG's being installed in a private yacht that's 223ft overall. We need so many because there are numerous 1/4-3/8 inch thick steel and or aluminum walls (on all sides). I understand how much EASIER it would make my life, but dumbing it down to make a non-tech person understand it is as most of you know, an exercise in frustration.


Thank you everyone for your help!

Scott Fella Fri, 02/15/2008 - 05:09
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You will have alot of issues due to the steel and aluminum just to for warn you. Just search on rf multipath issues.

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