Wireless Mesh

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Nov 24th, 2008
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Trying to figure out how to create mesh networks from within WCS 5.1 but not having much luck. I have a 4402 controller with an 1132, 1242 and 1252 access point. (demo gear from Cisco) None of the documentation seems valid with the software version I'm running and just browsing around I don't see where to set this up. Are these access points not capable of doing mesh? I want to run access over the B/G radios and mesh on the A side. Any insight would be appreciated.

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gamccall Mon, 11/24/2008 - 13:37
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What controller code is running on your 4402? The 5.1 WLC code has no mesh support. You need to run a mesh-specific code version such as

jghatfield Mon, 11/24/2008 - 13:59
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Well that would do it. Loading the 4.1 software to try it out. Thanks

wesleyterry Mon, 11/24/2008 - 14:57
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I've previously written some small instructions on this. Check this link: http://www.ciscowireless.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7

It appears you are looking in to Enterprise Wireless Mesh, not just the out door mesh. So keep in mind that this technology is licensed. Although it currently isn't enforced, at some point you will HAVE to have the licenses installed to turn Access Points into mesh.

jghatfield Tue, 11/25/2008 - 05:59
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Any reason the 1252AG wouldn't be able to connect to the controller on the 4.1 code? I keep seeing this message.

lwapp_image_proc: unable to open tar file

wesleyterry Tue, 11/25/2008 - 06:41
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Release also supports the following indoor non-mesh Cisco access points:

1000 series, 1100 series, 1130 series, 1200 series, 1230 series, 1240 series and 1300 series.

-1250 series access points are not supported in this release.


I actually can't find any mention of the 1250's being able to do mesh. Can anyone confirm this?

I'm about to make a post on this, but the information I gave yesterday has changed. Cisco just releases 5.2.157 which is the release that supposedly includes mesh networking back in the main chain.

So... 5.2.157 is an appearently an option now to do Wireless Mesh on the 5.x code. However, you can use 1505, 1510, or 1000 Series Ap (1020...).

jghatfield Tue, 11/25/2008 - 06:00
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I'll have to keep that in mind on licensing. Might be easier and cheaper just to do autonomous point to point links for what we are trying to accomplish. Thanks for the heads up.


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